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United Airlines Emergency Landing Forced as Engine Cover Falls Off

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By    |   Wednesday, 14 February 2018 07:02 AM

A United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Hawaii on Tuesday after an engine cover fell off about a half hour before landing and the plane started shaking violently. Terrified passengers went through a mid-flight crash landing drill. 

Flight 1175 landed safely at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport about 1 p.m., KGMB-TV reported, and passengers disembarked at the gate.

The plane was headed to Honolulu from San Francisco when passengers said they noticed problems about 40 minutes before the landing.

"There was a loud bang ... and then the plane really started shaking," said passenger Allison Sudiacal, who was traveling with her husband, 4-month-old son and parents-in-law, per KGMB-TV. "It was like rattling and the plane was kind of shaking like boom, boom, boom.

"They kept us informed. They let us know that we had to brace for impact in case there was a rough landing. It was scary. But they did a really good job."

"United flight 1175 traveling to Honolulu from San Francisco landed safely after the pilots called for an emergency landing because of a loss of the engine cowling (the covering of the engine)," United Airlines said, per KHON-TV. "Our pilots followed all necessary protocols to safely land the aircraft. The aircraft taxied to the gate and passengers deplaned normally."

Other passengers said the plane shook violently.

"Every once in a while it started tipping so I had some fears about that," passenger Kathleen Clifford told KHON-TV. "I turned on my phone. I took this video, and at the end, I told my family I love them.”

"They made everybody practice the emergency thing at the end. We had to sit down. We had to be down with our heads down, holding our ankles when we landed," Clifford added.

Hawaii's Department of Transportation said the airplane was taken to a hangar and the landing had no impact on airport operations or the runways.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it was investigating while the National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending two investigators to determine what happened, KHON-TV reported.

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A United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Hawaii on Tuesday after an engine cover fell off about a half hour before landing and the plane started shaking violently. Terrified passengers went through a mid-flight crash landing drill. 
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