A flight bound for London has been forced to make an emergency landing after smoke was seen pouring from one of its engines.
It comes a day after a woman was killed when she was sucked into a cabin window during the malfunction of a Southwest Airlines plane engine.
The Delta Air Lines passenger jet bound for London was reportedly around 30 minutes into its flight when, just after 6pm on Wednesday, the pilot noticed the smoke, turned round and headed back to its departing airport, Atlanta.
Firefighters at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the city, doused the plane’s engine, and the airport confirmed there were no injuries.
Fox 5 Atlanta reporter Aiun Nettles, who was on the plane, tweeted a video of the engine, saying: “A small fire occurred 20-30 after take off on @Delta 30 from Atlanta to London…here is some of the smoke that came from that engine.”
The airport, the busiest in the world, confirmed the incident on Twitter, posting: “Shortly after 6pm, smoke was reported coming from the engine of a departing aircraft.
“The aircraft immediately returned to ATL…ARFF units hosed down the aircraft’s smoking engine. The aircraft is being towed, w pax aboard, back to the concourse. There are no reports of injuries, and there is minimal impact to operations.”
Another passenger, @RacerSethThomas, praised the crew: “Yup @ResaThomas and I were on this flight. Very cool job by the @delta pilots. Everything went smoothly on our quick return to Atlanta”.
The incident occurred a day after a passenger was killed when shrapnel hit her after she was sucked partially through a plane’s window following engine failure.
A preliminary investigation has found Jennifer Riordan, 43, died after an engine failed on Southwest Flight 1380 and debris smashed the window beside her seat in the 14th row of the plane.
Investigators say an engine fan blade was missing, having apparently broken and there was metal fatigue at the point where it would usually be attached.
Witnesses said Mrs Riordan, who was a mother-of-two from Albuquerque, was out of the aircraft to her waist after the window broke.
Philadelphia’s medical examiner has ruled that the cause of Mrs Riordan’s death was blunt trauma to the head, neck and torso.
On Tuesday, a different Delta flight was forced to abandon its take-off from TF Green Airport in Rhode Island to fly to Atlanta after engine trouble.
Airport spokesman Bill Fischer said the pilot aborted takeoff immediately and taxied back to the airport terminal “without incident.”
Southwest said it was speeding up inspections of CFM56 engines on its Boeing 737 planes. It was not immediately clear if the same engines were at fault in the Delta incidents.