US plane scatters engine debris over Denver homes

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 21, 2021

A United Airlines Boeing 777-200, registered N772UA, suffered an uncontained engine failure during its departure from Denver International Airport. L/N 5) was operating from Denver to Honolulu with 231 passengers and 10 crew and returned safely to Denver. There were no reports of injuries on the aircraft or on the ground.

Police in the town of Broomfield posted pictures of what appears to be the front of an engine casing in the front garden of a home.

Passengers onboard described a "large explosion" shortly after take-off.

ATC recordings of United Airlines pilot's Mayday
US plane scatters engine debris over Denver homes

It sounds like if you were in the area and outside, you couldn't have missed this. because people captured footage of the plane when it first started going up in flames - and it apparently made a loud boom noise.

Images posted online showed smoke trailing from the engine. The plane's right engine failed about five minutes after takeoff.

Broomfield PD is instructing folks not to touch the debris and to leave it where it landed, so that the National Transportation Safety Board - the federal agency that investigates situations like this - can come out to take a look, and determine what's what. "It was just like a speck in the sky and as I'm watching that, I'm telling my family what I just saw and then we heard the explosion", he said. They said there are no reports of injuries from falling debris at this time. "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".

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