Twilight actor tweets JetBlue plane emergency landing as engine 'explodes'

Jackson Rathbone live tweets emergency landing from inside plane

Twilight actor live tweets JetBlue emergency landing

Twilight actor Jackson Rathbone has live tweeted the moment his JetBlue plane had to make an emergency landing - after an engine 'exploded' mid-air.

Rathbone, known for his role as Jasper Hale in The Twilight Saga, was on the Fight 1416 from Long Beach, California, to Austin, Texas, when the "right engine exploded" and the "cabin filled with smoke", reports the Independent.

The flight had only just departed for Austin, Texas, when it had to turn back after the engine overheated

Rathbone first described how the oxygen masks did not deploy, before going on to say he recited the Lord's Prayer as he held his son. Along with his wife and son, he then evacuated the plane via the emergency chute.

Read his live tweet account of the incident below:

All 142 passengers were evacuated by slides. As they got off, Rathbone said simply: "We're safe. I'm grateful."

Back home, he tweeted that he was celebrating with some Champagne.

Another passenger on the plane later uploaded a video of the cabin filling up with smoke.

In a statement to MailOnline, a JetBlue spokesman said: "On September 18, the flight crew aboard flight 1416 reported an issue with the number two engine and returned to Long Beach Airport.

"The airplane landed safely, and all customers and crew have evacuated via slides with no reported injuries at this time."

The plane was later towed off the runway.

15 flights from hell

15 flights from hell

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