"It started slowing down a little bit and it was getting hot", passenger Avery Porch told WMAR-TV.
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Tyler Kreuger, Porch's boyfriend, said that even though he had no service midair, he still texted his parents: "I love you".
The aircraft landed safely at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Once it went, you had no doubt that it was major trouble and then seconds later smoke started filling the cabin in the back. "Everyone seemed confused. No one knew what was going on", the passenger said.
"Flight attendants were going around telling us how to prepare for landing". Delta said the engine had been replaced; the damage was being evaluated and no injuries had occurred.
About an hour into the flight, passengers described hearing a loud boom followed by "intense vibrations", smoke in the cabin, and a rise in cabin temperature.
The maintenance team in Atlanta, the company's main headquarters is believed to be set to take a look at the damaged engine. "They did say that the plane will now be retired".