A passenger jet en route to Honolulu landed safely at Denver International Airport after an engine failure that resulted in parts of the plane raining on neighborhoods near the take-off location.
Denver International Airport officials confirmed to CNN that United Airlines Flight 328 took off from the airport on Saturday but had to return after engine problems. The pilot was able to land the aircraft safely at the airport.
During a press conference on Saturday, a spokesman for the Broomfield Police Department confirmed that there were no reports of ground injuries from the falling debris. “I am shocked when I look at this field of rubble … the fact that we have received no reports of injuries is shocking. It’s amazing, ”said the spokesman.
In the published recording of the Mayday call between air traffic control and the United Airlines flight crew, a pilot was heard saying the plane had “just suffered a major engine failure” and must return to Denver Airport “immediately”.
After the start on Saturday, residents heard a loud bang on the ground near the airport.
Police in Broomfield, Colorado, a northern suburb of Denver, reported that they had received calls from residents of large aircraft debris that landed in the courtyards of the surrounding neighborhoods.
Several images shared by the Broomfield Police Department showed large chunks of the plane scattered in front of several houses in the Northmoor and Red Leaf neighborhoods, including one that appeared to depict a large chunk of the engine. Aircraft debris was also in Commons Park.
“The plane landed safely at DIA. We still haven’t received any reports of injuries, ”police tweeted.
A resident on the ground shared a picture of the plane flying overhead, showing what the real engine appeared to be on fire.
Then, 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 could be heard in the video when the plane landed safely.
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 a right engine failure occurred shortly after takeoff. The FAA is aware of reports of debris near the aircraft’s flight path. The passengers left the runway 26-right and were taken to the terminal by bus, ”the statement said.
“The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate this. The NTSB will be responsible for the investigation and 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 on landing on the plane and the passengers had to evacuate directly onto the airport tarmac. They were then taken off the asphalt back to the terminal.
Broomfield police have urged residents in the area not to move or touch aircraft debris if it lands near their homes. “The @NTSB wants all debris to stay in place for investigation,” the police department tweeted.
The police department has now worked with NTSB to rappel down areas where the debris landed and to respond to affected residents. A spokesman confirmed there were reports of damage to homes but has not yet been able to answer the extent of that damage.