WATCH: Passenger Films Plane Losing Cowl Flaps During Takeoff
Photo via Twitter
Dramatic video, capture by a man in Chile last Wednesday, shows the terrifying moment when a set of cowl flaps flew off a plane's engine as it was taking off.
According to Siobhan McFadyen of The Mirror, the unnamed passenger was onboard a Sky Airlines flight departing from Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International airport in Santiago, Chile, en route to Copiapo (400 miles away) when the incident happened.
The passenger was simply filming the takeoff from his window seat, when the cowl flaps came loose on the engine a before coming completely off. The flight crew was immediately notified of the issue and the plane returned to the airport it departed from just a few minutes later.
There were no injuries reported among the 137 passengers on the flight.
During the short flight, both cowl flaps on either side of the engine were torn off, exposing the inner workings of the motor. Aviation Buzzword shared an image of the engine from the Airbus A319 with one of the flaps ripped off:
And the video:
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