Airplane engine catches fire over Colorado, drops parts in residential areas

Joanna Estrada
February 21, 2021

Flight UA328 bound for Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport was forced to return to Denver just a few minutes into the flight after the right-hand engine malfunctioned.

Below is the ATC recording of the pilots from United Airlines Flt 328, a Boeing 777, declaring a mayday after the engine exploded. There were no reports of injuries on the aircraft or on the ground.

Broomfield police tweeted images showing what appears to be a part of the outer cover of the plane's massive jet engine land in the front yard of a home near 13th and Elmwood.

The aircraft was nearly at cruising altitude and the captain was giving an announcement over the intercom when a large explosion rocked the cabin, accompanied by a bright flash.

Upon landing safely back on Runway 26R at Denver International Airport, passengers deplaned and were taken back to the terminal, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

"The plane started shaking violently, and we lost altitude and we started going down", David Delucia said. One video apparently shot from inside the plane shows an engine on fire and stripped of its casing.

Broomfield police urged residents not to touch or move the debris. They said there are no reports of injuries from falling debris at this time. Local residents reported hearing a loud explosion and debris began raining down from the sky, leaving a debris field that has stretched at least a mile to a mile-and-a-half. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be carrying out an investigation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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