United Airlines engine falls apart during flight over Pacific Ocean

The pilots had reported a vibration in the right engine

The pilots had reported a vibration in the right engine

Flight 1175 was travelling to Honolulu from San Francisco.

A United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing after its engine began to fall apart over the Pacific Ocean.

Hobart said the pilots safely landed the aircraft at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, taxied to the gate, and the passengers got off the plane as they normally would.

Damaged engine of Flight 1175's Boeing 777 aircraft. It was delivered new to United in January 1996.

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After landing at 12.37pm HST (10.37pm GMT), Mr Haddad took to Twitter to post images of the damaged engine and shocking footage of it shaking during the trip.

A local TV station quoted a passenger as saying that after a loud bang, the plane started shaking.

Flight UA1175 ultimately landed safely, with one passenger calling it the "scariest flight of my life".

Google engineer Erik Haddad appeared to remain calm throughout, despite having the flawless view of the fault.

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Passenger Maria Falaschi posted photos on social media of the engine without its cover while it was in the air and on the runway after the emergency landing. He added,"There was a loud boom and then it was like rattling and the plane was kind of shaking like boom, boom, boom".

Sudiacal was traveling with her 4-month-old-son on the flight.

Hawaii's Department of Transportation said that Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting personnel was "standing by as a precaution" as the plane landed. "It was scary. But they did a really good job".

A Google engineer on board the flight, Erik Haddad, who had a clear view of the exposed engine, apparently remained calm throughout the incident, uploading a series of photos to Twitter and quipping: "I don't see anything about this in the manual".

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The airline also said it is cooperating with NTSB and FAA investigations of the incident.

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