IT'S every flyer’s worst fear – looking out the window of a plane and seeing something break.
Now imagine seeing an engine cover come off — in midair — as you’re peering out at 40,000 feet.
That’s exactly what happened on Tuesday during a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Honolulu.
The terrifying scene was captured by passengers, who posted photos and videos on social media.
Unbelievably, copper stomached flyer Erik Haddad managed to swallow his terror – to make a series of JOKES online.
He wrote: “That looks bad – plane and simple.”
Later he posted a hilarious pic of an information sheet with the broken engine in the background and tweeted: "I don't see anything about this in the manual."
Others were not so blase about the incident.
Maria Falasch, along with several photos of the exposed engine, tweeted: “Scariest flight of my life."
The United Airlines flight was about 40 minutes away from its destination when the incident happened, KGMB-TV reports.
Passenger Allison Sudiacal told the station: “There was a loud bang…and then the plane really started shaking.
“There was a loud boom, and then it was like rattling and the plane was kind of shaking like boom, boom, boom.”
— Maria Falaschi (@mfalaschi) February 13, 2018
NTSB sending team of 2 to investigate in-flight loss of an engine cowling from United Airlines flight 1175. No injuries reported, flight landed safely at Honolulu Airport.
— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) February 14, 2018
Sudiacal had been flying with her four-month-old-son and feared the worst.
She said: “They let us know that we had to brace for impact in case there was a rough landing.
“It was scary. But they did a really good job.”
The flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Honolulu after passengers notified staff about the missing cover, according to officials.
The National Transportation Safety Board later said it would be sending a “team of two” to investigate the incident.
The agency tweeted: “No injuries reported, flight landed safely at Honolulu Airport.”
Fire crews were reportedly waiting for the flight on the runway when it landed.
The plane was taken out of service and inspected, but the cause of the issue was still unclear as of Tuesday night.
United has been hit with a flurry of unfavourable headlines in the past 12 months.
It has been accused of forcefully ejecting flyers and losing a world record holding giant rabbit.
The negative press has seen more than $1billion wiped off the company's value.
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