Delta flight forced into emergency landing after engine problem

Passengers described hearing a "loud bang" and seeing smoke in the cabin followed by a burning smell.

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By Caroline Radnofsky

A Delta Air Lines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Monday after a problem with one of the plane's engines.

Flight DL-1425 was carrying 148 passengers from Atlanta to Baltimore when it declared an emergency and made an unscheduled landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport at 2.27 p.m. ET.

The MD-88 "elected to divert after receiving an indication of an issue with one of the aircraft’s engines," Delta said in a statement to NBC News, adding that "the flight landed without incident".

One passenger described on Twitter hearing a "loud bang" and seeing smoke in the cabin, followed by a burning smell.

"The vibrations of the roof and the cabin itself was intense," John Leonard, another passenger on the flight, wrote. "The experience was beyond scary."

In a video posted by passenger Logan Webb, the plane's right engine is seen glowing red-hot while an engine part is visibly loose.

Passengers praised the crew's response, with one woman saying they "did an amazing job in staying and keeping us all calm, while preparing us for an emergency landing."

A Delta spokesperson said that passengers were placed on an alternate aircraft after the incident.

"We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience this diversion may have caused," she said.

CORRECTION (July 10, 2019, 1:15 p.m. ET): A previous version of this article misidentified the original manufacturer of the MD-88 aircraft involved in the emergency landing. It was made by McDonnell Douglas, not Boeing.