Twilight star Jackson Rathbone and his family were aboard a JetBlue flight when the plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Long Beach Airport on Thursday and the actor took to Twitter to share the entire terrifying experience.
According to the 29-year-old actor's WhoSay
feed, the plane was going to Austin and everything was fine -- he was even enjoying an episode of Pawn Stars
. It wasn't long after takeoff that the right engine of the plane exploded, filling the cabin with smoke.
But that was only the beginning of the problems. "The oxygen masks did not deploy," Rathbone shared. "But the brave stewardesses came around and manually deployed them. It was rough, the plane was rocking..."
"I recited the Lord's Prayer as I held my son and my wife in my arms. The pilot came on the PA and let us know we lost the right engine. Over the PA, the pilot yelled "Brace!" The stewardesses made it into a chant. I wrapped my arm around us. And we braced…Guided by our pilot, and I believe our guardian angels, we landed safely."
Following the landing, all the passengers were able to evacuate using emergency slides.
"The doors were thrown open, once on the Tarmac. The stewardesses yelled for us to get out and as far away from the airplane as possible. I grabbed my son and jumped down the inflated ramp, my wife following. We left all our personal effects onboard. Who cares. We were alive."
According to Long Beach Airport officials, air traffic at the airport was delayed after the emergency landing.
Find out how closely the Twilight cast has stuck together in the video below.