For most plane passengers, the worst experience of a flight is usually just a bit of harmless turbulence.
Yet for actor Jackson Rathbone, his wife, son and 139 other passengers, they had to experience a terrifying emergency landing after their plane experienced engine issues - and the actor tweeted the whole ordeal as it unfolded.
Rathbone, best known for his role playing Jasper Hale in The Twilight Saga, tweeted that Flight 1416 from Long Beach, California to Austin, Texas, had to turn back after its "right engine exploded" and "the cabin filled with smoke".
Video footage emerged online later showing a smoke-filled plane, passengers wearing oxygen masks and a baby crying while the pilot can be heard attempting to calm the travellers down.
Rathbone tweeted that the oxygen masks did not deploy at first and the stewardesses had to help people place the masks over their faces.
The oxygen masks did not deploy, but the brave stewardesses came around and manually deployed them. It was rough, th… http://t.co/LaaTbGlGeU— Jackson Rathbone (@JacksonRathbone) September 18, 2014
Rathbone then described praying as he prepared for the worst, but that in the end the landing was not "even all that rough".
I recited the Lord's Prayer as I held my son and my wife in my arms. The pilot came on the PA and let us know we los… http://t.co/izyrqaNRTn— Jackson Rathbone (@JacksonRathbone) September 18, 2014
We were told to brace as we careened sharply back towards land. Guided by our pilot, and I believe our guardian ange… http://t.co/U1pclbtHtU— Jackson Rathbone (@JacksonRathbone) September 18, 2014
JetBlue confirmed that Flight 1416 had to make an emergency landing after the crew reported an issue with the No. 2 engine. Flight 1416 had only just departed for Austin, Texas when it had to turn back after pilots got an overheating warning for one of the engines.
A spokeswoman from Long Beach Airport said that all 142 passengers - along with five crew - were evacuated by slides following the plane's emergency landing and that four passengers were treated for minor injuries, with one of them having to be taken to hospital.
I grabbed my son and jumped down the inflated ramp, my wife following. We left all our personal effects onboard. Who… http://t.co/1l7pk3Fa2A— Jackson Rathbone (@JacksonRathbone) September 18, 2014
Rathbone said that passengers felt angry and rattled following the experience, and while he was initially complimentary about the action of JetBlue's pilot and crew during the ordeal, his tweets became rather more sarcastic.
In the video below, the pilot can be heard telling the passengers, "Ladies and gentlemen, we have a right engine failure. We're shutting down the engine and heading back to Long Beach at this time, please stay in your seats and we'll try to clear the cabin of smoke if we can. Thank you."
Officials said the plane was 9,400 feet above ground at the time it had to turn around.
Still, passengers were evidently thankful that the traumatic event had a happy ending for all involved, and Rathbone tweeted that he was celebrating his "near-death experience" with wine and champagne.
This is how we celebrate a near death experience at the Rathbone house.... a wine and champagne tasting. Boo ya. http://t.co/zeeGFB8vOh— Jackson Rathbone (@JacksonRathbone) September 19, 2014