JetBlue Flight 1416 Flight Crew Calm in Cockpit Recordings During Emergency Landing

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November 8, 2014

Cockpit recordings from the JetBlue Flight 1416 in-flight emergency were released this week. Air traffic controllers and the pilots of the flight sounded calm in the face of an engine fire that filled the cabin with smoke and caused panic among passengers.

JetBlue Flight 1416JetBlue Flight 1416 departed from Long Beach Airport after 9:00 a.m. on September 18. Shortly after takeoff, passengers heard a loud boom. The pilots declared an emergency, indicating to air traffic controllers that there was a fire in the plane's number two engine. The plane returned to Long Beach as some passengers struggled to breathe. Flight attendants told passengers repeatedly to 'brace' as they prepared to land. Everyone aboard was able to evacuate safely, though four people sustained injuries in the emergency.

According to the Press-Telegram, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has not yet concluded what caused the engine fire. An NTSB spokesman says the agency is not conducting a "major investigation" into the in-flight emergency, but officials will look into whether maintenance issues or faulty manufacturing played a role in the fire.

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