Video shot by a passenger confirmed what seemed to be a nose cone loose inside one of many engines.
Witnesses state there were a loud bang and the cabin full of smoke.
Delta Flight 1425, traveling from Atlanta to Baltimore with 154 individuals, landed safely in North Carolina.
No accidents have been reported. In an announcement, Delta stated there had been a contained failure in one of the engines, ABC News reported.
“The flight crew of Delta flight 1425 from Atlanta to Baltimore selected to turn to Raleigh, NC, out of plenty of warning after receiving a sign of a possible problem with one of many plane’s engines,” a spokesperson informed US media.
Passenger Logan Webb posted a video on social media displaying a metallic part moving around inside the engine with an orange glow behind it.
Another passenger, Avery Porch, heard “a boom” about an hour into the flight and smoke started to fill the cabin, she informed WMAR-TV.
“That is after we actually began freaking out. It [the plane] began slowing down a bit [and] the air cut off,” she stated.
Her boyfriend, Tyler Kreuger, mentioned that fearing the worst, he had texted “I love you” to his dad and mom.
The captain introduced the aircraft had misplaced an engine and preparations were being made for an emergency landing; passenger Jose Bahamonde-Gonzalez informed WMAR-TV.
Video shot inside the cabin recorded flight attendants directing passengers to support for the landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
The airplane involved was a 32-year-old McDonnell Douglas MD-88, ABC reviews.