Published On: Sun, Feb 21st, 2021

Boeing news: Plane debris falls onto Denver houses after engine explosion | World | News

Parts of Flight 328, a United Airlines plane bound for Honolulu, started falling off the jet after the right-hand engine exploded shortly after takeoff. The flight, which had 231 passengers and 10 crew on board, landed safely at Denver airport despite the terrifying scenes. No injuries were reported.

Broomfield police officers photographed what appeared to be plane debris in a front garden.

A resident said they saw the debris fall off the plane and took shelter with their children.

Kieran Cain described “giant metal pieces” which appeared to be “floating down” from the sky.

He said to CNN: “We saw it go over, we heard the big explosion, we looked up, there was black smoke in the sky.

“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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Other locals, speaking to the Denver Post, claimed “people were running everywhere” as the debris fell.

The outlet reported hundreds of people converged on Northmoor, where debris landed in the vicinity of East 13th Avenue and Elmwood Avenue.

Kirby Klements, a resident, said: “First, I thought it was debris from a trampoline from my neighbour’s yard.

“Came out and knew right away that it was the front of an engine of an airplane. There was a lot of debris raining from the sky.”

The incident took place around 1pm MST (8pm GMT).

The Boeing 777 later landed safely in Denver with all 231 passengers and 10 crew aboard uninjured.

Social media footage showed the burning engine stripped of its casing as the plane was midair.

David Delucia, a passenger on the flight, said to AP: “The plane started shaking violently, and we lost altitude and we started going down.”

The Federal Aviation Administration also released a statement following the horror incident.

They said: “A Boeing 777-200 operated by United Airlines returned to Denver International Airport and landed safety Saturday after experiencing a right-engine failure shortly after takeoff.

“The FAA is aware of reports of debris in the vicinity of the airplane’s flight path.

“The passengers deplaned on Runway 26-Right and were bused to the terminal.”

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