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Delta Air Lines flight DL79 was forced to return to Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) around 21 minutes after takeoff due to an engine fire. The Boeing 767-300ER had just taken off for New York John F. Kennedy International Airport when the incident occurred.
The plane circled before returning to the airport. No further details have been released and it appears that the flight was able to land without any injuries to passengers or crew.
An ATC recording records pilots advising PRG Tower of an issue with its engine shortly after takeoff.
Flames/smoke and engine failure as DELTA AIRLINES 79 (Boeing 767) departing Prague for JFK today, you can see the airplane yaw just after the flames started and the pilot declares an emergency 👀 #DAL79
(🎥Prague airport live) pic.twitter.com/zt5P92iTME
— Thenewarea51 (@thenewarea51) September 1, 2023
The video above shows the engine smoking at takeoff. It then climbed to 2,900 feet before returning.
Anthony’s Take: This had to be scary for those onboard. The video of the smoking engine definitely is unsettling. Luckily, the plane made it back without injuries or further incident.
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