Alaska Airlines plane loses part during landing, video shows


An Alaska Airline plane lost part of its metal panels that cover the engine on a flight from Seattle to San Diego on Aug. 22, officials said. No one was hurt.

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An “unusual vibration” on an Alaska Airlines flight caused an emergency landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, airline officials said.

As the plane landed, a piece of metal panel flew off Monday, Aug. 22, Alaska Airlines said in a statement.

The vibration was first heard on the left side of the Boeing 737-900ER as it took off from Washington airport.

The plane was en route to San Diego, but never made it there because it had to turn back.

As the aircraft returned to Sea-Tac, the cowl the metal casing that covers the engine detached.

A video posted on Twitter shows piece of metal fly away as the plane landed.

The flight had 176 passengers and six crew members, airline officials said. No one was hurt.

Everyone was booked on another flight.

Both pilots had 32 years of combined experience.

“They, along with our flight attendants, handled the incident with exceptional professionalism and care,” the airline said in the statement. “We also greatly appreciated the patience of our guests during this event.

This story was originally published August 23, 2022 2:10 p.m.

Helena Wegner is a McClatchy Live National Reporter covering Washington State and the Western Region. She holds a journalism degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is based in Phoenix.