Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Delta plane with smoking engine lands safely in Atlanta airport

Delta plane with smoking engine lands safely in Atlanta airport

A LONDON-bound jet was forced to make an emergency landing after flames and smoke erupted from the engine - a day after a passenger died on a Southwest Airlines flight.

A Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-300 returned to Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport shortly after takeoff with the right hand engine still on fire.

Hartsfield-Jackson spokesman Andrew Gobeil told NBC News: "The plane nearly immediately arrived on the same runway it departed from, Runway 27, and was met by firefighters who hosed down smoke coming from the engine". Another video made by a passenger on the plane showed smoke billowing out of one of the aircraft's wings.

The airport tweeted later that there was "minimal impact to operations".

The flight departed Detroit Metro Airport at 8:30 a.m. and landed at Palm Beach International Airport just after 11 a.m.

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Cortez Stafford confirmed crews were responding to the scene, but said no one has been reported injured.

There were no injuries, according to a spokesperson with the Atlanta Fire Department. The airplane was towed to the gate, where customers deplaned through the jetway and will be accommodated on a different aircraft.

The Delta statement made no specific mention of engine smoke.

Delta said passengers managed to get out of the aircraft to safety and apologized for the incident.

Pilot Tammie Jo Shults is being hailed a hero for safely landing the plane with 143 passengers and five crew on board at Philadelphia.

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