United Airlines flight

A United Airlines passenger kept calm during a flight as the damaged plane shook uncontrollably

Erik Haddad, an engineer at Google, maintained a sense of humour during a period of incredible tension as the plane’s right engine shook from side to side during the flight that lasted just over an hour and a half.

After landing at 12.37pm HST (10.37pm GMT), Mr Haddad took to Twitter to post images of the damaged engine and shocking footage of it shaking during the trip.

He said: “That looks bad, plain and simple.

“I don’t see anything about this in the manual.”

The engineer detailed that the casing of the engine flew off 36minutes before landing.

He continued: “Occurred 36minutes to landing. Seats 24K and 24L had a great view of the debris coming off.”

It is currently unclear what caused the part of the plane to come loose and fly off.

In a statement, United told Express.co.uk that pilots called for an “emergency landing” after the engine cowling fell off.

It read: “United flight 1175 traveling to Honolulu from San Francisco landed safely after the pilots called for an emergency landing because of a loss of the engine cowling (the covering of the engine).

“Our pilots followed all necessary protocols to safely land the aircraft. The aircraft taxied to the gate and passengers deplaned normally.”

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