Engine Failure; Falling Parts

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
By George Hatcher

What: Delta Airlines Boeing 737-800 en route from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Minneapolis
Where: Fort Lauderdale
When: Feb 20th 2011
Who: 140 passengers
Why: After taking off from Fort Lauderdale, the engine made an explosive noise, and pieces of the plane started falling off. A search made of the runway revealed nothing. However, after a left engine failed and the Boeing returned to make a safe landing, it was discovered that the falling parts were turbine blades which had exited through the engine exhaust.

Passengers exited normally on the runway. They also entered an alternative plane provided for them, reaching Minneapolis four hours later.

Parts were found at Port Everglades Cargo Entry Point.

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