WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The pilot of a Delta Airlines flight departing from T.F. Green Airport Tuesday made a quick decision to abort takeoff after experiencing engine trouble, officials confirm.
The plane was scheduled to depart for Atlanta around 12:50 p.m. when it began to experience engine trouble. Bill Fischer, the airport’s spokesman, did not say what the specific problem was with the engine.
Fischer said the pilot aborted takeoff immediately and taxied back to the airport terminal “without incident.” The airline maintenance team then inspected the engine.
Denise Rainville, one of the passengers on the plane, praised the pilot for his handling of the situation. She said he later told her he had never had such an experience in his 34 years as a pilot, but had realized something was wrong as he watched his gauges.
“I was very grateful for the pilot,” she told Eyewitness News, adding, “Nobody freaked out. The pilot was so calm.”
Rainville said she and the passenger sitting next to her knew something had gone wrong when they “heard a huge pop” and then began to smell something burning. At first they thought it might have been a tire that blew, she said.
“Almost immediately the pilot, after those sounds were heard, lowered the plane down, and we looked at each other and said, ‘Oh my God, do you realize we were just about to take off?'” Rainville recalled, acknowledging she was still shaken up.
“It was such a scary experience,” she said.
Delta was able to rebook the passengers for alternate flights, and Rainville praised the airline’s employees as “amazing” in their handling of the situation.
“Delta apologizes to customers of flight 2225 who experienced a delay on their flight from Providence, R.I., to Atlanta on Tuesday,” Delta spokeswoman Liz Savadelis said in an email. “The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority.”
The aborted Delta takeoff occurred the same day a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Dallas experienced an engine failure that left one woman dead.
Ted Nesi contributed to this report.