Video: Alaska Airlines 737 Loses Engine Cowling

Video: Alaska Airlines 737 Loses Engine Cowling

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While the situation probably wasn’t as dangerous as it looked, passengers on an Alaska Airlines flight yesterday dealt with a scary-looking situation, as reported by The Aviation Herald.

Alaska 737 returns to Seattle due to vibration

This incident happened on Monday, August 22, 2022, on Alaska Airlines flight AS558 from Seattle (SEA) to San Diego (SAN). This flight was operated by a roughly three year old Boeing 737-900 with the registration code N293AK. The plane was carrying 176 passengers and six crew members.

The plane departed from runway 16L at Seattle Tacoma Airport, and shortly after departure the crew felt an unusual vibration from the left side of the aircraft. The decision was made to stop climbing around 12,500 feet, and to return to Seattle. The aircraft ended up landing back on runway 16L around 30 minutes after departure.

An Alaska Airlines 737’s return to Seattle

However, upon touchdown the left engine’s cowling largely detached from the aircraft, which can’t be fun to watch. You can see the incident for yourself below.

As you’d expect, this plane is still on the ground in Seattle, and likely won’t fly for quite some time. Fortunately for passengers, a replacement aircraft was found pretty quickly, and passengers only landed in San Diego with a delay of about three hours.

The delay on this Alaska Airlines flight

Bottom line

An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 experienced some issues after departing from Seattle yesterday, as the pilots reported some vibration on the left side of the aircraft. The decision was made to return to Seattle, and upon touchdown the left engine cowling came off.

I imagine this was scary for a vast majority of people onboard, though it’s also a testament to how sturdy planes are. Fortunately the engine cowling detached after touchdown, because at least in theory this could have been much more dangerous in the air (in the event the engine cowling hit another part of the aircraft and caused damage).

Were any OMAAT readers on this Alaska Airlines flight, or saw it at SeaTac?

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  1. DMR Guest

    No engine ingestion of FoD. No [collateral] damage to flaps/slats/wing. No injuries. Imagine this happening at cruise altitude - wow!

  2. Alex Guest

    Flight attendant spills a drink in the galley and the media would still add "no one on the flight was harmed" at the end of the story

    1. Emerson Guest

      The engine housing and cowling is tho lol

  3. Tim Dunn Diamond

    The vast majority of passengers have their window shades closed so probably didn't even see it or allow those not on the window see it either.

  4. Koggerj Guest

    Boeing's are garage made.
    Airbus is superior made by superior Europeans not low IQ Americans

    1. Ghostrider5408 Guest

      Ouch was that really called for "Koggerj" or is that your superior attitude coming forth?

    2. MG Guest

      Anyone upset by this post, it is white obvious the troll- o- meter was blinking red after this. Do disregard this nonsense!

  5. Ghostrider5408 Guest

    Interesting what about the three flights in a row from Hawaii that were forced to return in the past week? Nothing from Alaska about what happened there. I remember years ago Alaska Airlines went through a period of mechanical issues across the board I am wondering if the stress of Covid / current events are hampering operations? I sincerely hope not. Maybe you can find out what happened to those three flights.

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JohnRossa Member

Inferiority complex much?

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Ghostrider5408 Guest

Ouch was that really called for "Koggerj" or is that your superior attitude coming forth?

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Emerson Guest

The engine housing and cowling is tho lol

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