Terrifying moment aircraft engine breaks mid-flight - but were passengers at risk?

A Delta Airlines airplane takes off from Atlanta International Airport Georgia

A Delta Airlines airplane takes off from Atlanta International Airport Georgia

The nose cone from Delta Air Lines Flight 1425 is shown in the aircraft's engine in this passenger image captured on July 8, 2019.

The incident occurred on Delta Flight 1425 - operated by a 32-year-old MD-88 aircraft - flying from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta to Baltimore-Washington in Maryland.

Passengers said they were more than an hour into the flight when the captain told them they were planning an emergency landing. She praised the actions of the crew, saying they "did an awesome job in staying and keeping us all calm, while preparing us for an emergency landing".

"We are declaring an emergency".

"I'm so grateful for the crew and pilots for letting us land safely", the passenger told CNN. It started slowing down a little bit and it was getting hot.

Passenger Avery Porch told WMAR-TV that people were very frightened. "I was about to be the first person to jump off".

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Tyler Kreuger, Porch's boyfriend, said that even though he had no service midair, he still texted his parents: "I love you".

Passenger John Leonard also reported hearing a loud boom from the back of the plane. It was extremely terrifying to be honest.

"After, the cabin filled with smoke and seat belt signs went on and off, and you could smell something was burning".

Delta apologized to passengers for the inconvenience with a $30 food voucher.

According to Popular Mechanics, the MD-88 is the "oldest plane in service with any major US airline" and has earned a notorious reputation among pilots due to its antiquated controls, cramped cockpit, and extreme noisiness. "They did say that the plane will now be retired".

He said those on the aircraft were not in danger "as all airliners can fly with one engine inoperative". "We heard and felt everything", he told ABC11.

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