On January 11, 2023, a Delta Air Lines aircraft engine caught fire while it was taking off from John Wayne Airport (SNA). Passengers were evacuated.
The Boeing B757 was about to take off when the right side engine of the airplane started making noise. The flight was bound for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).
The right wing of the aircraft appeared to be on fire, and a passenger with a window seat was able to record it.
A second video clip shows thick plumes of smoke billowing from the wing.
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The pilot initiated an extinguishing system while airport fire crews responded to the emergency at around 13:30 local time. All 172 passengers safely disembarked after the aircraft was eventually brought back to a boarding gate.
In response to the incident, Delta issued a statement.
“Delta flight 447, set to operate service from John Wayne Airport (SNA) to Atlanta returned to the gate prior to takeoff following an apparent engine maintenance issue. The aircraft was met by local maintenance personnel for further evaluation. We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience and are working to get them to their final destinations as quickly as possible.”
No injuries or casualties were reported.
🚨#BREAKING: Smoke pours from the wing of a Delta jet as it tried to take off
Watch as video shows smoke from the wing of a Delta jet as takes off from John Wayne airport in Orange County CA Passengers were safely evacuated when the plane returned to the gate pic.twitter.com/FYjoi9pKKk
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