GRAND JUNCTION (CBS13) – A passenger plane heading from San Francisco to New York made an emergency landing in Grand Junction Thursday morning after an engine failed.

The Virgin America flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Grand Junction Regional Airport, according to airport officials in Grand Junction.

The plane landed safely around 1:30 Thursday morning. The flight left San Francisco Airport at about 11:00 Wednesday night.

The Airbus 319 had 117 people on board including crew members, no injuries have been reported.

Officials say all passengers were taken to Grand Junction hotels to stay until a new plane arrives.

Comments (3)
  1. rmcsticks says:

    another great pilot , Virgin is a great airline to fly with.I have flown many times and they treat you great.

    1. Crystal says:

      The pilot was great, I definitely give him credit for landing us safely. But what they fail to tell you is that the engine failed due to it exploding mid-flight! it was the scariest thing anyone can experience. Generally i’ve always had great service on virgin america, unfortunately, this was not one of those times.

  2. Crystal says:

    If only they can get their fact straight! The engine failed because it exploded in mid-air! As a passenger on the flight, seated in row 16B, we saw the glow from the engine being on FIRE and the sparks flying behind the plane from the fire. It was the scariest moment ever! I saw my life flash before my eyes. Seriously. The captain was great and landed us safely, I give him that. The crew was great as well, but you can tell the panic in their voices.

    It was one of the worst things anyone can experience while flying, but their customer service afterwards was not great at all. All we got was an apology, a 2 hour stay at a nearby inn, a refund of the flight, and a $150 credit for a future flight. That’s nothing compared to what I’ve just experienced through this flight! We didn’t even get FOOD! I’ve flown all my life, and thanks to this flight, I now get anxiety while flying.

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