Passengers on a United flight from San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii, were shaken on Tuesday when one of the plane’s engines began to fall apart mid-flight.
Flight UA1175┬ásent out a distress alert on its approach to Hawaii, and ultimately landed safely at 12.38 p.m. local time.Photos and videos show the parts peeling off the Boeing 777-222 aircraft’s engine in mid-air, with its inner workings becoming steadily more exposed.
It is not clear what caused the problem and United Airlines was unable to confirm whether the engine beyond the cowling had been damaged during the incident.
A video posted on Twitter by Erik Haddad, a Google engineer on board the flight, shows the engine’s casing flaking and shaking mid-flight.