At the San Francisco International airport Monday, United Airlines Boeing 747 airline bound for Narita International Airport in Tokyo experienced a loud “bang” of noises and experienced erupting flames from its engine during takeoff. It’s been confirmed by officials that the plane experienced mechanical problems with one of their four engines that caused the eruption of fire.
Thankfully, the 202 passengers and 15 crew members aboard Flight 837 were returned safely to the ground at SFO. The plane was flying over San Bruno when several of these passengers, as well as eyewitnesses on the ground according to Twitter, reported hearing multiple loud bangs and seeing flames coming out of the plane’s engine,
“Just saw fire come out of an engine of a plane taking off from SFO. A United plane,” tweeted Sam Smith from his San Bruno office at 12:08 p.m. Similar to other eyewitnesses, Smith claims the plane had flames coming out of the left side of the engine following a loud bang. “It looked like it was going to land… plane was at a low altitude – 10 to 20 feet flame out of engine for two seconds.”
Another eyewitness named Danny Reed also witnessed the inferno spectacle from his own San Bruno workplace. “Just watched United plane engine catch fire out of SFO. Nobody had cellphones out to take pictures… Everyone was just busy looking up.”
The Federal Aviation Administration is currently investigating the cause of the engine problem. So far, investigators pinpoint the problem being within the inboard engine on the left side.
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) November 28, 2016
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