Sport Video Shows United Airlines Plane Engine on Fire Midair as Debris Drops Near Denver
Boeing 777 engine failure: Here's what we know about the United flight that suffered engine damage near Denver
The investigation into the engine failure of a Boeing 777 could take more than a year, officials said, but already the picture is becoming clearer about what happened to the United Airlines flight on Saturday. © NTSB WASHINGTON (Feb. 22, 2021) — This image taken Feb. 22, 2021, shows the damage to the number 2 engine of United Airlines flight 328, a Boeing 777-200, following an engine failure incident Saturday. The NTSB is investigating the incident. United Airlines flight 328 experienced a right engine failure after takeoff from Denver International Airport Feb. 20, 2021.
(Video by Reuters)
An engine on aplane heading to Honolulu from Denver caught fire mid-fight on Saturday, causing debris to land in Colorado neighborhoods. One passenger has shared a video to social media that shows the engine catching fire from the inside.
Authorities say large metal sections of the Boeing 777 plane fell onto a neighborhood near Denver shortly after take off. Flight 328 turned back and landed safely in the city with no reported injuries or deaths after suffering failure to the right engine, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. There were 231 passengers and 10 additional crew members on board the aircraft.
United Plane Showers Debris Near Denver After Engine Failure
A Boeing 777-200 operated by United Airlines made an emergency return to Denver International Airport on Saturday following an engine failure that rained debris on a city suburb. The airline said no-one aboard was injured. United Flight 328 was headed from Denver to Honolulu when the incident occurred around 1:30 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said by email. The plane landed safely back at Denver after its right engine failed, the FAA said in a statement. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
"Flight 328 @united engine caught fire. My parents are on this flight. Everyone's okay though!" one social media user tweeted, alongside a dramatic video showing the engine on fire.
UNITED AIRLINES ENGINE FIRE pic.twitter.com/tDyDdEM03j
Passenger video shows terrifying moment United Flight 328 engine caught fire
People aboard the flight, which carried 231 travelers and 10 crew members, recorded the engine in flames as it sailed through the sky. Video showed the frightening sight of the plane’s motor stripped down and on fire.The plane's crew managed to land safely back at Denver following the brief, but harrowing, departure.Authorities asked residents in the Broomfield area to leave the metal parts that fell from the sky as investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board "wants all debris to remain in place for investigation.”Broomfield police said Saturday there were no reports of injuries.— FXHedge (@Fxhedgers) February 20, 2021
"United flight 328 experienced an engine failure and safely returned to Denver," United Airlines spokesperson David Gonzalez said in a statement on Saturday evening. "We are in contact with the FAA, NTSB and local law enforcement. The NTSB is investigating and has directed that any persons with debris from this event contact their local law enforcement agency. All passengers and crew have deplaned and been transported back to the terminal in DEN. We are now working to get our customers on a new flight to Honolulu in the next few hours."
The Broomfield Police Department said that debris dropped on several neighborhoods in the area around 1:08 p.m. local time and confirmed that there were no related injuries. The department also shared photos on the ground, which appeared to show debris scattered on a field.
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Additional debris scattered across turf field at Commons Park. Please avoid the area if possible. pic.twitter.com/tmos5HBVwV— Broomfield Police (@BroomfieldPD) February 20, 2021
Authorities have urged people to refrain from touching or moving the debris as the National Transportation Safety Board intends to investigate the scene and incident.
In an audio recording, reviewed by Reuters, one pilot could be heard calling mayday to air traffic control. "Mayday, aircraft just experienced engine failure, need to turn immediately," the pilot reportedly said.
Newsweek reached out to the Broomfield Police Department for further information.
A separate flight, United Airlines 1932, experienced a mechanical issue during a flight earlier on Saturday, causing the plane to make an emergency landing at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, according to local news. The plane landed safety just after 10 a.m. local time after departing Cancun, Mexico at around 8:45 a.m.
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