US Boeing engine failure: Engine debris rained over a mile across a Denver suburb. Now Boeing recommends suspending its 777s with that engine
Denver plane: United Airlines flight returns to airport as aircraft debris found in neighborhoods outside Denver
A United Airlines flight bound for Honolulu was forced to return to Denver International Airport Saturday after suffering an engine issue, a spokesperson for the airport told CNN. © Kieran Cain The flight returned safely to the airport around 1:30 p.m. local time, the spokesperson said. That was about 20 minutes after police in Broomfield, Colorado, said via Twitter that they had received reports that an airplane flying over the Denver suburb had engine trouble and had "dropped debris in several neighborhoods around 1:08 p.m." "No injuries report at this time," the tweet added.
Kieran Cain was playing basketball with his kids Saturday afternoon at an elementary school in greater Denver when he heard what sounded likeand looked up.
"We could see there was a giant black cloud of smoke high up in the sky, immediately followed by, you know what looked like pieces of the aircraft," Cain told CNN. "Basically a shower of things that were falling out of the sky."
About 10,000 feet above, Travis Loock heard the same boom, but coming from the plane he was in -- United Flight 328. Just minutes after taking off for Honolulu, the engine failed. As the plane returned to Denver International Airport, it dropped more engine debris through the roofs of homes and into yards.
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.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Sunday an initial examination of the Pratt & Whitney PW4077 engine from United Airlines Flight 328 showed that two fan blades were fractured and the remaining blades exhibited damage "to the tips and leading edges."
These are preliminary findings and should not be taken as conclusive of what went wrong Saturday, but they are still significant.
Boeing has recommended suspending the use of 777s that have a Pratt & Whitney 4000 engine, and United Airlines has already pulled them following the incident. Both theand the NTSB are investigating.
Loock shared videos that showed the engine completely stripped of its outer casing.
"A lot of people couldn't see the engine on that side," Loock told CNN. "I was a little more freaked out because I could see it, and I knew that was not right," he said.
FAA orders 'stepped-up' inspections of Boeing 777 aircraft after engine failure on United flight
Federal regulators said the inspections apply to aircraft with certain Pratt & Whitney engines.The inspections would apply to 777s equipped with Pratt & Whitney model PW4000 engines, said Steve Dickson, the Federal Aviation Administration administrator.
"We were just glad we weren't over the ocean, because that's where we were heading."
Boeing recommends suspending use of planes with Pratt & Whitney 4000 engine
The NTSB arrived in Colorado Saturday and began removing pieces of debris to a hangar for further examination, afrom the Broomfield Police Department said.
In aBoeing recommended of Boeing 777s that use the same engine as the Denver flight -- a Pratt & Whitney 4000.
"While the NTSB investigation is ongoing, we recommended suspending operations of the 69 in-service and 59 in-storage 777s powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines until the FAA identifies the appropriate inspection protocol," Boeing said.
The FAA issued an emergency order earlier Sunday saying it would be stepping up inspections of Boeing 777 airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines.
United States. New inspections ordered on Boeing 777
© REUTERS / Kamil Krzaczynski / File Photo United Airlines Boeing 777-200s will have to undergo further inspections before being allowed to fly. In the aftermath of an engine fire on a Boeing on a route between Denver and Honolulu, the aviation authority ordered the aircraft manufacturer to carry out further inspections of its fleet.
United Airlines announced Sunday that it was removing all of its Boeing 777 planes in service that use the same engine. Japan's transportation ministry said it has ordered the country's domestic airlines to halt operations of Boeing 777 aircraft equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines.
This isn't the first time a United Airlines flight experienced a right engine failure
Saturday's dramatic engine failure on a United Airlines flight is the second time since 2018 that the right engine failed during a United flight.It's the second time in three years that the right engine failed during a United Airlines flight.
Pratt & Whitney issued a statement saying they have dispatched a team to work with investigators on the incident.
"Pratt & Whitney is actively coordinating with operators and regulators to support the revised inspection interval of the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines that power Boeing 777 aircraft," the statement from the company said. "Any further investigative updates regarding this event will be at the discretion of the NTSB. Pratt & Whitney will continue to work to ensure the safe operation of the fleet."
Fear in the air
Loock, who was on his way back to the airport, said the mood in the plane was tense. The pilot came on and said they would land in four minutes.
He said you could sense the, but everyone was "very calm."
Passenger Brenda Dohn said she and her daughter, like other passengers, took the time to pray.
Boeing recommends airlines ground 777s with type of engine that blew apart
Boeing said on Sunday that it supports a decision by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Japan's aviation authority to ground some of the company's 777-series aircraft after an engine on one of those jets exploded while flying over Colorado.The company said in a statement on its website that it "is actively monitoring recent events related to United Airlines Flight 328," which landed in Denver after making an emergency stop due to the explosion. No injuries were reported.
"My daughter was sitting on the window and ... I was just like, 'don't look like let's let's close it up and let's just pray.'"
Air traffic audio from the plane conveyed the sense of urgency but not panic.
"United 328 Heavy -- Mayday Mayday ... Denver departure. United 328 Heavy Mayday. Aircraft just experienced engine failure -- need to turn immediately."
The debris from the failed engine rained down across a mile through a soccer field and nearby neighborhoods, Broomfield Police spokesperson Rachel Welte told reporters during a press briefing Saturday.
"We dispatched police officers and within minutes we actually were on scene of some of these homes, and we actually saw some of these large pieces of debris," Welte said.
Looking at the debris field and how busy the area was, Welte said, "the fact that we are still not getting reports of any injuries is absolutely shocking at this point."
"This park on a day like today, when it's not as cold as it was last weekend, we could have hundreds of people here."
Boeing share weaker: Boeing 777 has to make an emergency landing in Moscow - million dollar fine for disregarding conditions .
After an engine failure, a Boeing 777 made an emergency landing in the Russian capital Moscow. © Provided by Finanz.net MIKE CLARKE / AFP / Getty Images A few days after the engine failure of an Boeing 777 in the USA, another wide-body jet of this type made an emergency landed in the Russian capital Moscow. On the flight from Hong Kong to Madrid there were problems with the left engine on Friday night, several Russian media reported unanimously, citing unspecified sources.