Official: Flight lands in Honolulu after losing engine cover

This photo provided by passenger Haley Ebert shows damage to an engine on what the FAA says is a Boeing 777 after parts came off the jetliner during its flight from San Francisco to Honolulu Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. The plane landed safely as emergency responders waited nearby. United Airlines spokeswoman Natalie Noonan says Flight 1175 made an emergency landing due to a mechanical issue. (Haley Ebert via AP)

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HONOLULU (AP) — A United Airlines flight landed safely Tuesday in Honolulu after an engine cover came off during its flight from California, the airline said.

"Our pilots followed all necessary protocols to safely land the aircraft," United said in a statement, adding that all passengers departed the Boeing 777 normally at the gate.

The airliner landed as emergency responders waited nearby, said Hawaii Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara.

Flight 1175 was traveling to Honolulu from San Francisco.

Images posted on social media show an engine with the exterior cover missing as the plane approaches Honolulu.

Emergency crews can be seen waiting as the plane lands. One photo shows workers at the airport inspecting the damaged engine.

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An emergency was declared due to a vibration in the right engine, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email.

The FAA will investigate.

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Associated Press writer Paul Elias in San Francisco contributed to this report.

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