An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 lost part of its engine cowling while landing at Seattle-SeaTac International Airport.
The Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900ER with registration N293AK declared an emergency and returned to Seattle shortly after take off.
The aircraft was operating flight AS558 from Seattle to San Diego with 176 passengers and six crew members on board. The aircraft safely landed back in Seattle some 20 minutes after departure.
As seen in the video shared on the internet, the cowling of the left engine came loose and ripped off during landing. The part of the metal paneling covering the engine ripped off as seen in the footage.
One of the airlines spokesperson said that the aircraft returned due to unusual vibration on the left side of the plane soon after departure.
No one was injured during the flight and passengers were accommodated on a replacement aircraft. Meanwhile, they reached San Diego with a delay of 90 minutes.
The Boeing 737-900ER involved in the incident is a 3.9 years old aircraft. It was delivered to the airline back in September, 2018.
The runway 16L was temporarily closed for sweeping and removing the debris. The aircraft was taken out of service and is being investigated by the airline’s safety team.
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