Now, I don't have a fear of flying or anything, but it's hard not to get on an airplane and not have the slightest thought that the worst thing in the world might happen and you're stuck 30,000 feet above the ground as a plane malfunctions. Hell, I even feel strange typing that out, so knock on wood I'm OK for my next flight, no joke.
While terrifying situations like crashes and/or emergency landings don't happen too often, they, unfortunately, do happen. And one occurred the other day on a Southwest flight from New Orleans to Orlando, with passengers capturing photos of an exploding engine mid-flight.
One of the passengers on the flight, Stephanie Miller, talked to ABC News about what happened while in the air.
We heard a loud boom at about 10,000 feet. Sounded like a 18 wheeler tire blowing and we started smelling smoke," passenger Stephanie Miller said. Flight data showed that the plane descended from an altitude of 30,000 feet to 10,000 feet in just over eight minutes.
A spokesperson from the airline told ABC News that the plane, SW Flight 3472, suffered a "mechanical issue with the number one engine."
Well, that's not going to make me sleep well before I fly again. Thankfully, the plane made an emergency landing and everyone was safe, because that could have ended a hell of a lot worse.