Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing in New Orleans due to engine failure

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A Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Orlando was forced to make an emergency landing when one of the engines failed, the airline said.

None of the 99 passengers or five crew members was hurt, Southwest said.

The plane, Southwest Flight 3472, diverted to Pensacola when the crew declared an emergency, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Flight data showed that the plane descended from an altitude of 30,000 feet to 10,000 feet in just over eight minutes.

Southwest described the engine trouble as a mechanical issue.

Twitter user, Stephanie shared pictures of the plane on the site.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are among the agencies investigating the incident.

According to the FAA, the airliner involved is a Boeing 737, which has two turbofan engines, one on each wing.

Photo credit: @smillerddd3 (Twitter)

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