Delta plane lands safely despite flames in the air

The passengers started arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport about nine hours late after an unscheduled stop in Seattle. 

Passenger Stephanie Woods took several dramatic pictures of flames shooting from an airplane engine during an overnight Delta flight from Anchorage, Alaska to Atlanta.

"All of a sudden, it was very real," Woods said.
 
"And the flames were coming out, and it was very scary. And I was sitting with my two girls, just trying to keep them calm," Woods said.
 
A Delta Air Lines representative told Diamant the captain of the Boeing 767 saw an indicator light come on in the cockpit, shut down the engine and made an emergency landing in Seattle.
 
"We knew we were going to go down and they informed us how to put our hands on the thing and cover our heads and it was going to be really rocky and where all the exits were," Woods said.
 
The plane landed without incident or injuries.

An airline spokesman said the engine apparently experienced a power surge. The  flames occurred as fuel and oxygen were expunged -- a safety design feature.
 
"The staff of the airplane, the pilot and his crew did a great job," passenger Tammy McCann said.
 
The plane carried eight crew members and 255 passengers.
  
The airline gave passengers blankets and snacks during their unscheduled layover before dividing them up between two Thursday morning flights back to Atlanta.
 
"I don't think it's going to keep me from flying again, because you know, you got to get where you're going, but it was scary, but I'm glad the ending was as good as it was," McCann said.

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