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United Airlines Flight To Honolulu Loses Engine Cover Midair, Passengers Have Cameras Ready!

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| February 14 , 2018 , 14:52 IST

Airline travel has become a common part of modern day life, with people hopping on flights to conveniently shorten their travel times. Although in the 21st-century air travel is reasonably safe, passengers onboard a United Airlines to Honolulu, Hawaii, had a fright of a lifetime as the engine cover of the plane fell off midair, 40 minutes before landing.

The United Airlines Flight 117 was flying over the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday when passengers heard a loud bang and the plane began shaking. As passengers seated on the right side of the plane looked out they could spot pieces of the engine's cover breaking off.

Around 40 minutes later, when the plane landed safely in Honolulu, the engine was completely bare.  

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In an emailed statement quoted by the New York Times, the United Airlines said, "Our pilots followed all necessary protocols to safely land the aircraft," adding that "The aircraft taxied to the gate and passengers deplaned normally."

During the 40 minutes from when the pieces of the engine cover began breaking off till the time the plane landed, many of the passengers took videos and pictures from the plane and swiftly uploaded them to Twitter, and the posts soon went viral.

View the passenger-eye experience below: