Delta plane bound for London carrying 274 passengers makes emergency landing at Atlanta airport after smoke erupts from engine less than 30 minutes into flight - one day after midair explosion on Southwest flight
By Hannah Parry For Dailymail.com
PUBLISHED: 00:22 BST, 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 04:40 BST, 19 April 2018
A Delta plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Atlanta on Wednesday after smoke erupted from its engine midair.
Smoke was reported as billowing out of the plane's right engine at around 6pm, less than 30 minutes after it took off bound for London.
The Airbus A330 N822NW immediately returned to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport where flames could be seen erupting from the engine.
Passengers took photos of the dramatic scene as thick white smoke rose from the aircraft as fire crews attempted to put out the blaze. The flight's 274 passengers and 14 crew members were eventually allowed to deboard after the plane was towed to the gate.
Officials confirmed crews had responded to a fire on a Delta Airlines jet on Wednesday afternoon. Atlanta Fire Department spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford added that crews were still at the scene.
Michael Key, a passenger aboard the flight, tweeted that he was impressed with the way the airline had handled the emergency.
'The pilot did good. Delta handled it stride,' he wrote.
The daughter of one passenger tweeted that her mom had calmly let her know that the flight was going to be delayed because 'emergency crews are currently putting a fire out in the engine apparently.'
'They are safely on the ground,' Austen Risolvato added.