Alaska Airlines flight returns to Sea-Tac after paneling issue

The plane flying to San Diego had to return to Sea-Tac and landed safely.

SEATAC, Wash. — An Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to San Diego was forced to turn back after part of the metal cowling covering the engine became detached and eventually detached from the plane, the airline confirmed Monday.

Alaska Airlines Flight 558 reported an “unusual vibration” on the left side of the plane shortly after takeoff from Sea-Tac. The plane returned to the airport and landed safely, according to Alaska Airlines.

The “bonnet”, which is part of the metal fairing covering the engine, detached from the aircraft after the aircraft landed back at Sea-Tac.

The plane, a Boeing 737-900ER, has been taken out of service while the airline’s security team investigates.

At that time there were 176 guests and six crew members on the flight.

“The two pilots who operated the flight have combined more than 32 years of flying experience,” Alaska Airlines said in a statement. “They, along with our flight attendants, handled the incident with tremendous professionalism and care. We also really appreciated the patience of our guests during this event.”

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