Plane passenger records horrifying video of mid-flight engine fire

When you really don't want the window seat.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published Apr 29, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 9:50 am CDT

Not long after takeoff, a Cobham Aviation plane headed from Perth, Australia, to Barrow Island was forced to double back and make an emergency landing after one of its engines caught fire. No big deal, right? Just kidding, that’s absolutely terrifying.

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Even so, the 92 passengers aboard—all commuting to jobs on offshore oil and gas projects—were said to be remarkably calm throughout the hair-raising incident, in which no one was hurt.

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“I’ve seen worse things at work,” said one passenger, the Western Australian reported

And at a moment when most of us would be reacquainting ourselves with the art of prayer, Brad McCoy, who had the dubious honor of a window seat for the occasion, whipped out a phone and started filming. His video will make you an Amtrak customer for life. 

“Part of my first plane crash,” McCoy quipped on Facebook. Let’s hope it doesn’t become a habit.

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H/T The West Australian | Photo by Aero Icarus/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Apr 29, 2014, 12:37 pm CDT