Cowl Comes Loose On Frontier A320

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A Frontier Airlines A320 returned to Las Vegas immediately after takeoff on Friday after the right cowl flipped up on takeoff. The flapping aluminum met a predictable demise and passengers recorded the mishap with their phones. The short climb out and the quick return were reportedly routine but the plethora of smartphones at the ready made appealing video for the news cycle. 

"Our pilots followed procedure and immediately returned to the airport,'' said airline spokeswoman Allison Redmon. "The engine continued to operate normally and the aircraft, an Airbus 320, landed safely. Safety is our top priority at Frontier Airlines and we would like to acknowledge the professionalism of our pilots and flight attendants.’’ Some passengers were reportedly a little less restrained. Passenger CJ Gunnerson tweeted that passengers were "jumping up screaming, slamming on the roof. Yelling stop."

Comments (4)

"...yelling 'stop!' "
There's a new low.

Posted by: YARS (Tom Yarsley) | December 1, 2018 6:15 AM    Report this comment

"Stop".. Unimaginable passenger ignorance..

Posted by: Tom O'Toole | December 1, 2018 12:56 PM    Report this comment

If the cowl came loose during the takeoff roll, then it would make sense for passengers, not understanding the concept of V1, to yell "Stop!"

The news reports don't make it clear when the cowl actually let go. AvHerald reports that the cockpit crew had just switched to departure frequency when they were told by the cabin crew. But it doesn't say when the passengers noticed it, and how long it took for them to get the cabin crew's attention, then for the cabin crew to verify, and finally have them tell the cockpit.

Posted by: Kirk Wennerstrom | December 2, 2018 7:33 AM    Report this comment

Should have just had a passenger go out the emergency exit over the wing and close it, then they could have continued on...........Stop. Really?

We need more aeronautics taught in school.

Posted by: Roger Mullins | December 2, 2018 9:51 AM    Report this comment

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