Terrifying moment flames shoot out of a Southwest Airlines plane’s engine moments after take-off in Texas en route to Mexico leaving terror-stricken passenger fearing ‘it’s gonna go down’
- The Southwest Airlines flight was flying from Texas to Cancun, Mexico, this week
- Passenger Coale Kalisek said he saw ‘fireballs’ coming out of the right engine
This is the terrifying moment flames shoot out of an airplane engine moments after take-off.
The footage, captured on Tuesday, shows flames roaring out of the right engine of a Southwest Airlines plane travelling from Texas to Mexico.
It was climbing out of William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas, when the flames erupted and left passengers panic stricken.
Passenger Coale Kalisek, who filmed the incident, said he thought ‘Damn, it’s gonna go down!’ after realising something wasn’t right.
This is the terrifying moment flames shoot out of an airplane engine moments after take-off
He told the KHOU media outlet: ‘All I know is it started swinging like left to right, and I thought, I’ve been on a lot of flights.
‘I think I fly once or twice a month and I knew that wasn’t normal and so I opened up my window and I’m sitting next to the engine and that whole engine you see like fireballs coming out of it.’
Mr Kalisek, from San Antonio, was travelling to Cancun, Mexico, with his girlfriend when it happened.
In a statement, Southwest Airlines said the flight ‘returned to the airport’ and was checked for a ‘potential mechanical issue’.
A spokesman said a different airplane was used to continue the flight to the Mexican holiday destination.
It added: ‘We appreciate our Customers’ patience as we work to get them to their destinations as quickly as possible.’
In Malaysia today, a private jet nosedived onto tarmac in the town of Elmina in Shah Alam shortly before 3pm local time after departing from the holiday island of Langkawi, killing all eight people on board and two unfortunate motorists.
Shocking video of the crash showed how the plane immediately erupted into flames as it smashed into the concrete, while a clip of the aftermath saw the wreckage billowing black smoke after it veered off the road and onto the nearby grass verge.