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Scary landing after United flight loses engine cover

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New York : A United Airlines flight with 373 people on board had to make an emergency landing in Honolulu after the cover of the plane’s right engine came off over the Pacific Ocean, triggering panic among the passengers.

The incident occurred less than an hour before United Airlines flight 1175 from San Francisco was set to land in Honolulu. The Boeing 777 plane was flying over the Pacific Ocean, the airline said.

There were 363 passengers and 10 crew members aboard the plane, CNN affiliate KHNL reported. The plane landed safely as emergency responders and fire engines waited close to the runway.


“Scariest flight of my life,” passenger Maria Falaschis tweeted. Passenger Erik Haddad recorded video of the engine without its cover as the plane flew over the Pacific.

“That looks bad, plane and simple,” he wrote on Twitter describing the sight of pieces of metal missing from the front of the engine cowling.