Delta Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Engine Cover Falls Off Mid-Air

By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times
May 9, 2016 11:30 am Last Updated: May 9, 2016 8:38 pm

A Delta plane lost its engine cover, prompting an emergency landing in Nashville, Tennessee, according to reports on Monday, May 9, 2016.

The cabin lights for Delta Air Lines Flight 762, which was heading from Atlanta to Chicago, came on at 28,000 feet on Sunday afternoon, CNN reported.

The piece covering the plane’s engine, known as cowling, came off. The piece then hit the jet’s fuselage.

Photos uploaded to social media showed that the entire piece was gone.

The pilot declared an emergency, landing the Boeing 717 safely in Nashville.

The 109 passengers on board the plane were not injured. The plane was also able to taxi to the gate normally.

“Delta will fully investigate this episode as the safety and security of our customers and employees is always our top priority,” a statement from Delta read, according to CBS News.

The Aviation Herald reported that the crew learned of abnormal engine indications after they passed through turbulence over Cleveland. The pilots then decided to divert the plane to Nashville.

Passengers on board were led to another plane to Chicago after they landed in Nashville, The Tennessean reported.

The aircraft had suffered damage to the right-side engine and right-hand stabilizer, the Consumerist reported.