Images from the Alaska Airlines flight show metal plates moving away from the plane

A series of photos have emerged showing the metal panels covering a car engine Alaska Airlines A plane detaches from the plane during a flight that had to return to Seattle.

The plane, which was bound for San Diego, had to turn back on Monday due to an “unusual vibration” in the plane. left side of the plane Shortly after departure.

A picture taken after the plane landed safely showed that one of the plane’s engines was exposed after the panels covering it broke.

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The metal plates covering one of the engines of Alaska Airlines Flight 558 were seen peeling off during the flight. (Greg Anderson/Local News X/TMX)

“The initial hunk came off and wrapped around the wing until we landed,” Greg Anderson, one of the passengers who took the photos, wrote on Twitter.

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The airline told FOX Business on Tuesday that Bonnet on Alaska Airlines Flight 558 It broke off the plane when it landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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The wing of the plane is seen before the metal plates descend on Monday, August 22. (Greg Anderson/Local News X/TMX)

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There were a total of 176 passengers and six crew members on board the flight and customers were rebooked for another flight to their destination.

“The aircraft, a Boeing 737-900ER, is now temporarily out of service while our safety team investigates,” Alaska Airlines said.

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A Boeing 737-900ER belonging to Alaska Airlines. (Alaska Airlines)


Airplane pilots have over 32 years of combined flying experience.

The company indicated that it, along with our flight attendants, handled the incident with great professionalism and care. We also very much appreciate the patience of our guests during this event.

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