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Posted: January 02, 2018

Loud 'bang' noise causes Delta flight to turn around twice

By Scott Flynn

Local | WSBTV


A Delta flight on its way to London turned around and returned to Atlanta twice Tuesday night. 

Delta Flight 284 took off from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport shortly after 7 p.m. 

Delta told Channel 2 Action News that pilots heard a loud noise coming from the plane and, out of an abundance of caution, decided it was in their best interest to turn the plane around. 

According to, the flight made it just over the North Carolina border when it turned around. 


The plane landed safely shortly before 9:30 p.m. at Hartsfield-Jackson.

A couple of hours later, the more 200 passengers were put on yet another plane, same flight number, and took off again.

Passenger Alex Brown said shortly after takeoff, he heard the banging noises once again.

“I heard that. I felt it. It was like someone dropping a lead ball on the floor,” Brown said. “And he came back on and said we're going to turn around. Everything is OK with the airplane but as caution, we're going to turn around."

Passengers were placed at nearby hotels. But that didn’t help Brown, who was supposed to be back at work, in London on Wednesday.

"I'm tired. They gave us no information," Brown said.

The flight has been rebooked for 7 p.m. Wednesday. 

A Delta representative told Channel 2’s Audrey Washington by phone that mechanics are looking into what caused the big bangs.

“Yes, they have to look at both planes,” said Sarah Lora.                           

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