MIAMI (AP) — A Delta plane’s engine failed in mid-air over Florida, forcing the flight to make an emergency landing Sunday morning, authorities said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said it was a so-called “contained” engine failure, meaning small parts such as fan blades came out the back of the engine. A more dangerous scenario would be if the pieces penetrated the engine’s cover and were uncontained.

It was not immediately clear what caused the failure, Bergen said.

Sheriff’s deputies recovered pieces of what appeared to be the damaged engine from an area near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, said Broward County Aviation Department spokesman Greg Meyer.

The plane returned to the airport shortly after its 7:45 a.m. takeoff and landed safely, Meyer said.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black said the 119 passengers and six crew members on Flight 1846 changed planes and arrived in Minneapolis 3 1/2 hours after the original scheduled arrival.

The jet was a Boeing 737-800 with CFM56 engines. A new engine was being trucked to Fort Lauderdale to be replaced overnight so the plane can be put back in service, Black said.

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Comments (11)
  1. j dog says:

    Scab air is the problem.

    1. Lance says:

      Just one of many news clips if your memory fails you again.
      According to tracker FlightStats, Northwest on Monday canceled 10.9% of its 1,409 scheduled flights through 5 p.m. ET. That was, however, an improvement from Sunday when it canceled 14.2%, or 10 times the normal cancellation rate of the big airlines during good weather.

      Compare its rate to Delta, Continental, or United, with a cancellation rate of under 1% on Monday and American and Southwest a rate of just under 2.5% and one will think twice before booking on Northwest. Northwest, of course, immediately hit the defensive claiming

  2. Flora Lavalle says:

    Northwest Mechanics would never have let this happen!

    1. pretzeldude says:

      Your absolutely right. Scab labor is the cause of a lot of mechanical breakdowns.
      (Former NWA Mechanic)

  3. Hunter says:

    It’d be nice to know what kind of plane it was….

    1. Tom says:

      one with wings on it I think

  4. Langer says:

    If these passenges have to rely on Delta for rebooking – good luck. The website keeps crashing and I have been on hold twice today for over an hour. Please bring back Northwest flight ops so they don’t cancel flights 12 hours before the scheduled AM departure – we didn’t even have an inch of snow on the ground when my flight was supposed to leave.

    1. Skeezer says:

      This is a non-issue…. How bout we have BREAKING NEWS NEWSFLASH next time a reporter find some noob double-parked at Walmart …. HAHAHA Thatd be real news… Pffff..

  5. Alex says:

    The article plainly stated it was a Boeing 737 …hunter psh

  6. mccoy says:

    ex nwa mechanic’s would have made sure that all those so called small parts would have stayed on that engine!!!!!!!!!!!!

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