Boeing 737 Engine Cover Breaks Away in Mid-Air Captured on Video During Takeoff

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 experienced a mechanical failure on Sunday morning, prompting the plane to return to Denver shortly after takeoff. The incident was captured on video by passengers aboard the flight from Denver to Houston.

The video shows a piece of metal ripping off the side of the plane and flapping around as the engine cowling covering the turbine appeared to be disintegrating. Despite the harrowing sight, the pilots managed to safely bring the plane to a halt with the exposed turbine, ensuring the safety of all passengers onboard.

Southwest Airlines confirmed that all passengers disembarked safely and were transferred to another aircraft, ultimately arriving in Houston approximately three hours later than originally scheduled. The airline stated that they are currently investigating the cause of the mechanical failure.

This incident is the latest in a series of mechanical setbacks for Boeing. Last month, a United Airlines Boeing 777 lost a tire during takeoff, causing damage to several cars below. Additionally, another Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft had to make an emergency landing in Portland after a door blew out during a flight.

Despite these recent issues, aviation experts assure that incidents like these are rare and that airline travel remains one of the safest modes of transportation. However, some travelers may be reconsidering their upcoming travel plans in light of these events.

As Boeing continues to address concerns about the safety and reliability of its aircraft, passengers are advised to stay informed about any updates or developments in the aviation industry to ensure a safe and worry-free travel experience.