Engine shuts down on United 737 jet as its descending into Houston with passengers reporting seeing ‘flames’ and ‘hearing bangs’
- The United Airlines flight was descending into Houston from New Jersey when one of its engines developed problems
- Passengers reported hearing a bang and seeing a flash of light and flames
- The Federal Aviation Administration said there was no evidence of fire or smoke
- The jet involved was a Boeing 737-900 – not the same model as the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 plane that crashed on Sunday
The engine of a Boeing 737-900 shut down late Sunday on a United Airlines flight as it was making its descent into Houston, Texas.
Flight 1168 was carrying 174 passengers and six crew members when engine trouble began as the plane neared George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.
The Boeing 737-900 was traveling from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
Passenger Chris Morrison told KHOU 11 that he was near the left side wing when the plane started vibrating.
United Airlines Flight 1168 was carrying 174 passengers and six crew members when engine trouble began late Sunday. It landed safely at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston
A number of emergency vehicles were in attendance when the plane landed. A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said there was no evidence of fire or smoke
‘I saw a flash of light outside the window. I was sitting right on the wing where the engine had the issue,’ Morrison said.
Another passenger said he saw flames coming from the engine.
The plane landed safely, with emergency crews responding.
A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman, Lynn Lunsford, said there was no evidence of fire or smoke.
Lunsford added that crews were taking a closer look at the plane Monday.
Some people suffered minor injuries while evacuating the plane, according to United spokeswoman Rachael Rivas.
People stand near collected debris at the crash site of Ethiopia Airlines Boeing 737 that crashed on March 10
Rescuers work at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines flight crash near Bishoftu. The jet that landed in Houston on Sunday after developing engine problems was a Boeing 737-900 – not the same model as the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 plane
The cause of the engine failure is as yet unknown.
The jet involved was a Boeing 737-900, not the same model as the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 plane that fatally crashed on Sunday.
The Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 came down minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa for Nairobi, killing 157 people.
Sunday’s fatal crash comes just months after another 737 Max 8 crashed in Indonesia killing 189 people.
An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8, on a flight from Miami to New York City, lands at LaGuardia Airport on Monday
Indonesia and China have grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, while Ethiopian Airlines and Cayman Airways are doing the same in the wake of the tragedy
Indonesia and China have now grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, while Ethiopian Airlines and Cayman Airways are doing the same in the wake of the tragedy.
Boeing announced on Monday it would delay the launch of its new 777X jetliner.
Shares in Boeing are set to see $21 billion wiped off their value after stocks fell more than 11 percent during early trading Monday.
Boeing announced on Monday it would delay the launch of its new 777X jetliner. Its stocks fell at the open on Wall Street