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04 Dec 2018

Airplane engine falls apart mid-flight; passengers offered complimentary breakfast

Airplane engine falls apart mid-flight; passengers get free-breakfast

Death is inevitable and can hit you anytime.

And, when you're in an airplane, where you at times witness life-threatening troubles, it can be scary.

In one such incident, passengers traveling in a Frontier Airlines flight in the US, panicked as the engine cover shredded mid-way.

But the crew quickly reassured them of safety and also offered a complimentary breakfast.

Here's what happened.

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Airplane engine falls apart mid-flight; passengers get free-breakfast
Passengers started panicking after witnessing engine cover getting blown away

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Passengers started panicking after witnessing engine cover getting blown away

Reports suggest the flight was traveling from Las Vegas to Tampa, carrying 166 people.

After passengers spotted the engine cover of the Airbus 320 peeling and getting blown away, they started panicking.

It was a riot inside the aircraft, as people were jumping and screaming to stop, said one passenger.

One woman even texted her daughter that she loved her, assuming she'd die.

Compensation

Crew offered $500 voucher, complimentary breakfast

However, the crew reassured the frightened passengers that the pilot will return to the airport and there was a chance that they would have to make an emergency landing.

Reports said that the crew also offered a $500 (approx. Rs. 35,000) voucher to all passengers to be used for their next booking along with complimentary breakfast.

The offer, however, didn't appeal to many.

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A passenger's relative shares incident on Twitter

Netizens angry at airlines' offer, saying it wasn't nearly enough

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Netizens angry at airlines' offer, saying it wasn't nearly enough

Ponce's post went viral in no time and netizens were not happy.

Many thought that the compensation wasn't enough. One netizen wrote, "Sorry we almost killed you. Maybe some pancakes and bacon will make up for it."

While others came up with satirical comments over the issue as another wrote, "That better be one heck of a breakfast!"

Safe landing

Plane returned to airport and no injuries were reported

Nevertheless, the plane which took off at 7:08 am landed back to McCarran International Airport at 7:28 am.

No injuries were reported.

But, it doesn't dismiss the fact that the crew offering compensation, including a free breakfast at the time of crisis, wasn't reassuring or funny.

The world already witnessed many devastating airplane crashes this year whose loss can never be compensated.

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