This is what happens when a jet engine explodes during takeoff

Monday, an Airbus 330 is taking happy people off to the Dominican Republic from Manchester, England, when its right-hand engine starts spouting flames.

Your vacation may begin with a bang. SimonLowe/YouTube screenshot by CNET

Not all the airport excitement is happening in Moscow.

Please imagine that you were one of the 325 happy passengers leaving Manchester, England, on Monday on your way to the Dominican Republic.

You are cheery because the weather in the Dominican is likely to be rather more divine than the weather in Manchester.

Your Airbus 330 (operated by vacation airline Thomas Cook) is picking up speed in order to take you skyward.

And then perhaps you are in the "F" seats or to the right and you hear a loud bang and espy flames leaping from the engine. You might just offer an "F" or two of your own.

I must confess that, should I have been a passenger on this plane, I might have felt a twinge of anguish that reversed the thrust of my breakfast croissant.

The footage captured by Simon Lowe shows the flames emerging from the engine and a loud bang or two that might surely have had passengers fearing the worst.

To my uncultured eyes and ears, the captain seems entirely calm -- the British perform understatement so well in a crisis.

Indeed, a statement from Thomas Cook given to the the Daily Mail oozes reassurance: "The aircraft developed an engine fault and returned to stand. As a precaution, the airport emergency services attended the aircraft -- but at no time were passengers or crew at risk." The airline says it's investigating the fault.

I am sure that experts or mere know-it-alls will agree with the Cookies. They will decry the notion that there was any danger here.

They will, perhaps, even be miffed that the word "explosion" seems appropriate to those who hear a bang and see flames and think "something just exploded."

But to a real human being, there certainly feels like danger here. So how can one not admire the Harry Laconic Jr. manner in which the pilot speaks to the control tower?

Moreover, it can't be entirely simple to keep the plane in a more-or-less straight line on the runway when an engine blows at 126.6 mph, can it?

 

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