A JetBlue airplane made an emergency landing at the Long Beach California Airport on Thursday morning because of a major engine issue. There was no death reported. 4 people had minor injuries which were treated immediately the plane made the emergency landing.
The plane, JetBlue Flight 1416 had just left Austin when the pilots got a warning from their indicators. The warning was for an overheating problem which would have turned fatal if immediate landing was not done. By that time, the plane was flying over the ocean.
142 passengers were on-board the plane. They were evacuated from the smoke filled plane by slides when it landed at 9:30am. Only 1 patient was taken to hospital for minor injuries.
There was a mixed reaction among the passengers with many of them still in shock after the turn of events. Many travellers seemed happy to be alive.
One of them by the name of Jarrod said that the whole situation had made him appreciate the value of life.
“There is a very thin line between life and death. Today, I almost crossed to the other side but God has protected me. I will never be mean to anybody again.” He said.
Another passenger thanked the captains piloting the plane for saving their lives.
On-board was actor Jackson Rathbone who was sited in right side of the plane with his wife. He was accompanied by his wife and kid.
The cabins were filled with thick smoke with many passengers fearing of suffocation. In fact, passengers were not able to see people seated next to them.
Flight attendants had a tough time giving people oxygen masks because of poor visibility. They handed them one by one.
What saved the passengers and the plane is the proximity of the plane to an airport. The pilots made a sharp curve which took the plane to the airport where it landed safely.
According to Rathbone, most people in the plane was crying and praying while others had already given up.
The aircraft attendants who were still shocked had a rough time instructing the passengers to remain calm and collected as they braced for a tough and hard landing. The pilots carefully landed the plane.
After the landing, passengers were all led to a separate room where they were debriefed over the situation. Emergency response teams were already there to help the shocked passengers.
After the event, the company announced that the CEO Dave Barger would step down in February.