An aircraft carrying dozens of people from Scotland to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York made an emergency landing Friday after a wing burst into flames.
Video footage of the incident showed large sparks flying from the plane as passengers could be heard crying, worried about what would happen.
Travelers told the BBC they heard a roar after the aircraft took off from Edinburgh airport.
Delta Airlines flight DAL209 bound for JFK, was immediately diverted to Glasgow Prestwick Airport, located 80 miles from the takeoff point.
The plane was only in the air for 40 minutes when the pilots were forced to land. The crew told the media outlet that the aircraft had engine problems.
“The plane took off, and there was a loud engine noise, similar to the normal noise during takeoff and landing, but it seemed to continue once we were in the air,” reported BBC News reporter Laura Pettigrew, who was on board.
The plane’s captain walked all over the aircraft just minutes before the crew told passengers they would make an emergency landing.
“When the plane landed, we could see fire trucks and firefighters with hoses running toward us,” Pettigrew said.
The reporter indicated that travelers appeared more confused than panicked, aside from families with children.
The passengers aboard the plane were children and teachers from a high school on their way to the United States for a February vacation trip, STV News reported.
In October 2022, travelers aboard an American Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Ezeiza International Airport to Miami faced a harrowing experience. Shortly after takeoff, one plane’s engines caught fire, prompting an emergency landing. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
At the end of 2022, after experiencing engine failure, a tourist plane carrying three young aviators made an emergency landing on the Lagorai mountain range in Trentino. Thanks to the pilot’s skillful rescue maneuvers, the plane, and its passengers survived, but the pilot, Silvia, lost consciousness during the incident.