Flight from United Airlines suffer engine failure, bringing debris into communities outside Denver
On the Saturday after an engine failure soon after take-off, a flight by United Airliners was forced to return to Denver International Airport to send aircraft debris to soccer fields, homes, and yards in a suburb of Denver.
At around 1:30 p.m. United Flight 328 returned to the airport. After a problem with the engine, an airport spokesman told CNN. The flight was connected to Honolulu.
After “experiencing a right-engine failure shortly after takeoff.” the Federal Aviation Administration reported in a statement that a Boeing 777-200 had returned to Denver International Airport safely.
“The FAA is aware of reports of debris in the vicinity of the airplane’s flight path,” said the document.
The flight returned about 20 minutes after the police in Broomfield, Colorado, said on Twitter that an airplane flying over Denver was in engine trouble and “dropped debris in several neighborhoods around 1:08 p.m.” in several neighborhoods.
“No injuries reported at this time,” the tweet said.
Additional Police tweets said the debris landed in Broomfield’s Commons Park and Northmoor and Red Leaf districts. The town is located about 25 km north of Denver and 30 km east of Denver International Airport.
United Airlines aircraft debris from a soccer field flight in Broomfield, Colorado on Saturday 20 February.
United Airlines told CNN that there were 241 people on board Flight 328, 10 of whom were crew members. All passengers have deplaned safely and are in Denver, where the carrier works to take them on a new flight.
“United Flight 328 experienced an engine failure and safely returned to Denver. 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.”
In Mayday, pilots record ‘engine failure’
Air traffic controllers “we’ve experienced engine failure,” according to CNN’s air traffic control communications, are heard from pilots making a mayday alert.
Rachel Welte of the Broomfield Police Department said at a News Conference on Saturday that the police had received calls from people who said they heard a loud explosion.
“Then they just started seeing basically what they thought was a plane falling from the sky. What it was was debris,” Welte said, describing the debris as “possibly some exterior pieces of the plane.”
Police are working to secure the large area of debris for the FAA’s National Transportation Safety Board that will be responsible for the investigation.
“NTSB has opened an investigation into the Feb. 20, 2021, engine event on a United 777. Denver-based NTSB investigators are responding,” Peter Knudson, Public Relations Officer of NTSB, told CNN.
In the meantime, the Broomfield police warned residents not to contact or move aircraft residue if they saw that the NTSB “wants all debris to remain in place for investigation.”
‘The Black Smoke in the sky’
Kieran Cain told CNN that when an aircraft flew over they were playing with his kids at a nearby primary school and heard a loud boom.
“We saw it go over, we heard the big explosion, we looked up, there was black smoke in the sky,” Cain told CNN.
“Debris started raining down, which you know, sort of looked like it was floating down and not very heavy, but actually now looking at it, it’s giant metal pieces all over the place,” he said.
“I was surprised that the plane sort of continued on uninterrupted, without really altering its trajectory or doing anything,” he said. “It just kind of kept going the way it was going as if nothing happened.”
Cain said he took cover with his children under the overhang, as the debris dropped.
Report By CNN