Jet Makes Emergency Landing After Ice Slams Into Engine

Tense minutes for crew and passengers Tuesday night on a Delta jet after an ice chunk slammed into an engine and the jet was forced to maneuver through the sky with one motor.

FAA Operations Center in Los Angeles reported Delta Flight 1973 with 190 people on board was flying from Atlanta to Ontario. Pilots were forced to fly for about 30 minutes on one engine after an ice chuck broke off the fuselage and slammed into one of two engine casings on the Boeing 757 jet.

The plane landed safely and without incident at Ontario International Airport, Ontario, California at 9:01 p.m.

Images from a news helicopter shot a large dent in the engine casing.  A FAA spokesman said the crew had to shut down the #2 engine due to heavy vibrations.  The plane was flying at 30,000 feet when the ice chuck hit the engine casing.

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