Passengers on route to Seattle from Charlotte found themselves terrified after being informed by flight crew to prepare for crash landing after losing an engine on takeoff.
The Sunday morning flight was barely off the ground when the plane apparently lost an engine. Passengers onboard reported hearing a large boom as the plane lifted off only to have the plane feel pitch. One passenger said it felt like the wheels had touched the ground again, in comments made to a Seattle area newspaper.
American Airlines Flight 2775 (CLT – SEA) experienced a loss of engine 1 according to Aero Inside shortly after takeoff and was able to successfully return to the Charlotte Airport. But, not without what some called a traumatic and terrifying experience.
According to Tri City Herald reporting, passengers were instructed by flight crews to assume the crash position in preparation for a crash landing. Stronger passengers were moved to exit row doors in the event that assistance was needed deplaning quickly.
“Flight attendants ran crash landing drills with passengers for about 10 minutes in the air before landing, according to Brittany Donn. And, she said, passengers had to brace for impact during the emergency landing.”Tri City Herald
After touching down without incident passengers were booked on a later flight and ultimately arrived successfully at their destination.