A scary moment was caught on camera when passengers on a flight from Long Beach Airport to Austin, Texas had to sit through an emergency landing after one of the plane’s engines failed, filling the plane with smoke.
According to ABC7, Jet Blue Flight 1416 was 15 minutes into the trip when the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing.
A JetBlue flight carrying 147 people, including “Twilight” actor Jackson Rathbone, safely made an emergency landing at Long Beach Airport Thursday morning after reporting an engine problem.
JetBlue Flight 1416 was heading to Austin, Texas, when the pilot had to turn back around shortly after departure due to an issue with the No. 2 engine. The 142 passengers and five flight attendants exited the plane on slides.
“Three were treated and released at the scene, and one was transported, and I believe has been since released,” said Long Beach Fire Dept. Deputy Chief Richard Brandt.
The oxygen masks didn’t deploy automatically as expected, so a stewardess released each one for the passengers. Twilight actor Jackson Rathbone says he held his family close and said a prayer during the terrifying moment.
“The oxygen masks did not deploy, but the brave stewardesses came around and manually deployed them. It was rough, the plane was rocking,” Rathbone, known for his role as “Jasper Hale” in the “Twilight” film franchise, wrote. “I recited the Lord’s Prayer as I held my son and my wife in my arms. The pilot came on the PA and let us know we lost the right engine. We were told to brace as we careened sharply back towards land. Guided by our pilot, and I believe our guardian angels, we landed safely.”
An investigation has been launched to find out how the engine overheated.
SOURCE: ABC7 | VIDEO CREDIT: YouTube