JetBlue flight makes emergency landing in Long Beach, California

JetBlue emergency landing
JetBlue emergency landing

LONG BEACH, CA (KABC/CNN) – A JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California to Austin, Texas was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday.

The plane had to turn back shortly after takeoff when the pilot declared an emergency with one of the engines.

“Twilight” actor Jackson Rathbone was on the flight and described the ordeal on social media.

Rathbone tweeted that the engine “exploded” and the cabin filled with smoke.

Four people needed medical attention after passengers were evacuated from the plane using the emergency slides.


Statement on Flight 1416 Long Beach – Austin (from JetBlue blog):

Flight 1416 LGB – AUS (Airbus 320)

142 Customers, 5 Crewmembers

On September 18, the flight crew aboard flight 1416 reported an issue with the number two engine and returned to Long Beach Airport. The airplane landed safely, and all customers and crew have evacuated via slides with no reported injuries at this time. While the runway at Long Beach is closed, inbound flights are being directed to nearby airports. Customers are encouraged to check the status of their flights at jetblue.com/flightstatus

UPDATE 11:00 PST

The aircraft has moved from the impacted runway, and flights will be resuming from runway 12/30. An area crewmember has accompanied one customer who requested transport to an area hospital for observation. We’re working with customers for re-accommodation on alternate flights.

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