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Delta Flight Has Uncontained Engine Failure, Diverts to Atlanta

Sept. 06, 2018
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Delta Flight Has Uncontained Engine Failure, Diverts to Atlanta
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A Delta flight out of Atlanta (ATL) on Wednesday night experienced a reported uncontained engine failure shortly after take off.

As Delta flight 1418 departed ATL for Orlando (MCO), the engine failed. The pilots shut down the engine and diverted back to Atlanta, where the plane landed safely, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. There were no injuries reported among the 127 people on board.

The flight was operated by a Boeing 757-200, registered N668DN. The aircraft is 27 years old, and Flight Global reports it's equipped with Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines.

An uncontained engine failure turned deadly in April, when Southwest flight 1380 experienced one. In that situation, an engine fan blade snapped off and flew through a passenger's window, injuring and killing one person on board.

Federal regulators instructed all airlines to inspect their fan blades after that fatal accident -- though they required inspections on CFM engines, the type of aircraft engine the Southwest 737 was using.

The NTSB said Thursday that it would be investigating the Delta incident.

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