Pittsburgh-bound Airliner Forced Back to Paris After Engine ‘Blow Out’

A flight bound for Pittsburgh from Paris blew an engine shortly after take-off today and landed safely a few minutes later at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport. The captain of the Delta Airlines Flight 97, a nonstop flight from Paris, announced that the plane returned to the airport because of a “right blow out.” The Boeing 757 had departed Paris around 4:30 p.m., local time, and was scheduled to arrive at Pittsburgh International Airport at 7 p.m. A few minutes after takeoff, passengers heard a loud pop and some said they smelled smoke. Later, the air conditioning and some power inside the cabin stopped working. Soon after, the crew announced the plane would return to the airport and attempt a normal landing. Passengers were being transported by bus to the terminal to await instructions on booking other flights.