Plane aborts take-off with fire in engine

CREATED Dec 23, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec 23, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Everyone is okay after a plane at Mitchell International had to abort take-off with engine problems.

What started out as an ordinary flight for those Delta passengers turned into a travel nightmare. Many of them tell TODAY'S TMJ4 they don't think they'll make it home in time for christmas Eve.

The plane was headed to the Twin Cities.

"There was a loud bang on the right side and they aborted the take-off," says Milwaukee resident Bob Noel. "You're not thinking about where you're going, you're thinking about your own safety. When you hear that, it's not a good sign."

Milwaukee County Fire Department crews were called to the airport at about 9:30 a.m. after a Delta commercial plane began having engine trouble.

An airport public relations official says the mechanical trouble happened prior to take-off.

"We can't get any other flight until tomorrow," Andy Smith says. "They told us later the right engine had lost its oil and had been on fire."

Many of the fire crews were called off before they got to the airport as the fire was under control quickly.

Right now, it's not clear how many passengers had to be put on other flights.