David Goldman / AP file
Their ordeal began Tuesday when Flight 284 took off at 8 p.m. Minutes later, the pilots heard a noise and decided to turn back,
NBC affiliate WXIA reported.
By 9:21 p.m., that plane was back on the tarmac in Atlanta and the 216 passengers were marched off to a replacement plane that took off at midnight.
But not long after that plane was in the air, the pilots reported hearing another loud noise and turned around the replacement aircraft “out of an abundance of safety.”
This time, the twice-grounded fliers who weren’t “accommodated on alternate flights” were shipped off to a local hotel to spend the night.
Delta mechanics on Wednesday were trying to figure out what caused the worrisome noises on the planes as Atlanta, like much of the rest of the country, endures some of the most
frigid temperatures in years.