Flying is a lot of people’s least favorite activity. It takes time out of your day, it’s stuffy and crowded and sometimes there are delays to deal with. Others have legitimate anxiety that the plane will suddenly fall thousands of feet through the air — which is, thankfully, an incredibly unlikely instance. These people, however, should be warned before reading ahead, that this story entails an airplane engine failing — though it thankfully doesn’t result in a crash.
A United Airlines engine tore apart over the ocean. The Boeing 777 plane was carrying more than 370 people from San Francisco to Honolulu when one of its engines failed over the Pacific Ocean and the engine cover was ripped off. The plane was able to land safely while emergency responders waited nearby to help — and passengers erupted in cheers once they landed. The Boeing plane relies on two engines, but is designed to be able to fly over water with only one for more than three hours.
Federal Aviation Administration officials say an emergency was declared due to vibration in the right engine. The FAA will conduct an investigation into the incident, but it’s a relief to know that no one was harmed as a result of the engine.