A jet aircraft en route to Honolulu landed safely at Denver International Airport after suffering an engine failure that rained parts of the plane on neighborhoods near where it took off.
Denver International Airport officials confirmed to CNN that United Airlines Flight 328 took off from the airport on Saturday, but was later due to return after experiencing engine problems. The pilot was able to land the aircraft safely at the airport.
At a press briefing on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Broomfield Police Department confirmed that there had been no reports of injuries to the ground from the falling debris. “I am shocked to see this field of debris… the fact that we are not receiving any injury reports is shocking. It’s incredible, ”the spokesperson said.
This photo was taken near the 13th and Elmwood. Media stadium in the municipal park on the north side, near the dog park. PIO eta is 30 minutes. pic.twitter.com/vfXlToB5mE
– Broomfield Police (@BroomfieldPD) February 20, 2021
JUST IN: Denver International Airport officials tell us that United Airlines flight 328 to Honolulu returned to the airport after an engine problem. Neighbors heard a loud boom, took these photos of what the Boeing 777 engine nacelle looks like in their gardens. pic.twitter.com/mklpz3VG4F
– Pete Muntean (@petemuntean) February 20, 2021
In the released audio of the Mayday call between air traffic control and the United Airlines flight crew, a pilot was heard to say that the aircraft “had just suffered a heavy engine failure” and was to ” return immediately ‘to Denver airport.
A loud boom was heard by residents on the ground near the airport after takeoff on Saturday.
Police in Broomfield, Colo., A northern suburb of Denver, then reported receiving calls from residents of large plane wreckage landing in yards in nearby neighborhoods.
Several images shared by the Broomfield Police Department showed large pieces of the plane littering in front of several houses in the Northmoor and Red Leaf neighborhoods, including one that appeared to represent a large chunk of the engine. Aircraft debris was also located in the municipal park.
“The plane landed safely at DIA. We still haven’t received any reports of injuries, ”the police department tweeted.
A resident on the ground shared an image of the plane flying overhead, and it showed what appeared to be the correct engine on fire.
Next, a video shared online by a passenger on the plane showed a damaged right engine as the jet made its emergency landing. Passengers on board were heard in the video cheering after the plane landed safely.
This is when United flight 328 landed at DIA
The passengers applaud.
You can see damage to the right engine.
– Chris Vanderveen (@chrisvanderveen) February 20, 2021
– Tamas (@tamaskls) February 20, 2021
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a statement following the incident.
“A United Airlines-operated Boeing 777-200 returned to Denver International Airport and landed safely on Saturday after suffering a failure of the right engine shortly after take-off. The FAA is aware of reports of debris near the aircraft’s flight path. The passengers disembarked on runway 26-right and were transported by bus to the terminal, ”the statement read.
“The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates. United Flight 328 was flying from Denver to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu when the incident occurred, ”the statement continued.
No injuries were reported inside the aircraft on landing and passengers had to evacuate directly onto the airport tarmac. They were then brought back to the terminal from the tarmac.
Broomfield Police have pleaded with locals not to move or touch the plane debris if they land near their homes. “The @NTSB wants all the debris to remain in place for an investigation,” the police department tweeted.
The police department was now working with the NTSB to help demarcate areas where debris landed and respond to affected residents. A spokesperson confirmed that there had been reports of some damage to homes, but could not yet respond to the extent of the damage.