On Monday, a San Diego-bound Alaska Airlines flight was forced to turn around and head back to Seattle after experiencing a “strange vibration” on the left side of the aircraft shortly after takeoff.
Alaska Airlines Flight 558’s cowling, which is a piece of metal paneling that protects the engine, separated from the airplane when it landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the airline told FOX Business on Tuesday.
No one was hurt during the safe landing of the aircraft.
Customers were rebooked on another flight to their destination because there were 176 passengers and six crew members on board the first trip.
On Tuesday, more than 1,400 flights were delayed or cancelled.
Alaska Airlines stated that the Boeing 737-900ER “is currently temporarily out of service as our safety team investigates.”
The pilots of the aircraft have more than 32 years of combined flight time.
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“Together with our flight attendants, they handled the situation with utmost care and professionalism. Additionally, we were really grateful for our visitors’ tolerance during the occasion “The business noted.