A Delta Air Lines flight departing John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, aborted takeoff Tuesday 10 January 2023, the afternoon after an engine fire.
Delta Air Lines Boeing 757
The Boeing 757-200 operating as Delta flight 447, was bound for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport when the emergency occurred at 13:25, according to The Orange County Register.
Social media video capturing the incident from the aircraft wing showed the aircraft starting its takeoff when a loud crash was heard.
Pilots were able to safely bring the plane to a stop while airport fire crews rushed to extinguish the fire. ay Blackmon, a passenger on the flight, caught the incident on camera. He was reportedly filming video after the steep takeoff at the airport but was left shaken up after witnessing the frightening event.
Flames coming from the plane’s right side followed along with the smoke that engulfed the wing.
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“I travel a good bit,” Blackmon said to KCAL News. “Never had that happen. It just shook me up a little bit. I’m not gonna lie.” “It was a boom,” Blackmon told. “I mean, it was right beside me. The rear of the engine was right beside me.”
According to KTLA, the pilots initiated an extinguishing system while emergency airport crew members worked to douse the flames.
Blackmon’s video shows plumes of heavy black smoke billowing from underneath the plane’s wing. 172 passengers were onboard, and no injuries were noted.
Returning safely to the gate
“I’m sure that they’ll make it right and get me on another flight…Yeah, I don’t know that I would want to get on right now, to be honest with you,” Blackmon noted. “But it was a blessing, though. That’s the thing I keep replaying in my mind…is if that had happened in the air, that would have been a whole other situation.”
Delta Air Lines confirmed the incident, saying the flight suffered an engine maintenance issue.
John Wayne Airport
“Delta flight 447, set to operate service from John Wayne Airport (SNA) to Atlanta returned to the gate before takeoff following an apparent engine maintenance issue. The aircraft was met by local maintenance personnel for further evaluation. We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience and are working to get them to their final destinations as quickly as possible.”
The plane is a 25-year-old Boeing 757-2Q8, according to data from ch-aviation. It reportedly has 4 over years of flight, with a minimum retirement date set for 2027.
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