Scary Mid-Air Engine Fire On Southwest Flight

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One of the engines caught fire shortly after take off today on Southwest Airlines Flight 604 from Salt Lake heading to LA. The pictures and videos are quite scary looking. Thankfully, no one was injured and they were able to land safely and change plane. I’m sure it was terrifying to be on board this flight. What would you do if you were on this flight?

Scary Mid-Air Engine Fire On Southwest Flight

Via Dailymail, A Southwest Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Salt Lake City after flames erupted from one of its engines.

The Boeing 737-700 took off from Salt Lake City International Airport, in Utah, bound for Los Angeles at around 6.50pm on Monday.

But almost immediately after taking off, the plane suffered serious engine problems.

Witnesses on the ground heard an explosion before seeing flames erupt from one of the engines.

Al Oshiro, who had just parked up ready for work, said he heard a sound ‘so loud that a lot of people came out of the building because people thought the building was getting hit.’

Image courtesy Youtube/ Al Oshiro and

Bottom Line

Pretty scary looking pictures, see more in the article attached. Glad that everyone is safe!

HT: Dailymail

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  1. oh my gosh, my parents were on this flight! WN604 this morning at 6:40am leaving SLC bound for LAX. They said they said “sparks” when they made the emergency landing. I didn’t know the fire was this bad! They received $100 southwest voucher for the problem. They got to LA 3-4 hours later.

  2. So in other words, a compressor stall and not a full blown engulfed engine fire. Scary for passengers who don’t know much about airplanes but this is actually fairly common and easily handled. MOST pilots have the emergency engine shutdown checklist memorized.

  3. I mostly like your such words is “This post may contain affiliate links from our advertising partners, such as American Express. Read my Advertiser Disclosure policy” In the first section and I am going with your affiliate link for gram the offer.

  4. Hats off to Boeing for building a sturdy airplane and to the pilots of SWA for bringing the plane back safely

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