News Plane incidents — 18 November 2017

A piece of a SkyWest plane’s engine cover fell off mid flight on Friday.

Passengers Scott Jackson and Don Bumps said they heard a loud bang and felt vibrations about 20 minutes into the flight from St. George, Utah, to Phoenix, Arizona.

Jackson says the pilot then made a slow turn over the Grand Canyon and the plane returned safely to the airport, where the pilot told the passengers the cause was a detached piece of cowling.

SkyWest spokeswoman Marissa Snow said the Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet returned to the airport due to an engine warning.

She could not confirm an exact cause of the issue.

She confirmed no one was hurt and the airline is working to get passengers on another flight to Phoenix immediately.


In this Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, photo provided by passenger Don Bumps shows a SkyWest plane in southern Utah, which lost a piece of the plane’s engine during a flight from St. George, Utah. Passengers Scott Jackson and Don Bumps say they heard a loud bang and felt vibrations about 20 minutes into the flight from St. George to Phoenix. Jackson says the pilot then made a slow turn over the Grand Canyon and the plane returned safely to the airport, where the pilot told the passengers the cause was a detached piece of cowling. SkyWest spokeswoman Marissa Snow said the Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet returned to the airport due to an engine warning. 

‘We’ve got mechanics that are out there now inspecting the aircraft,’ Watson told St. George News Friday.

‘The flight landed safely and we are working to help customers continue their travels to Phoenix on another flight as soon as possible,’ SkyWest’s news release said.

‘We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.’

‘The captain did declare an emergency out of an abundance of caution,’ SkyWest spokesman Layne Watson said.

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