United Airlines Flight to Hawaii Suffers Engine Failure, Rains Down Debris on Denver Suburb

By Paul Riegler on 20 February 2021
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A United Airlines Boeing 777-200 in flight

A United Airlines Boeing 777-200 was forced to return to Denver International Airport after it suffered an engine failure shortly after taking off.

The incident sent engine debris raining down on the homes, cars, and soccer fields of a Denver suburb, Broomfield, Colorado.

The police department there said it had received “reports that a plane flying over Broomfield had engine trouble and dropped debris in several neighborhoods around 1:08 p.m.” in a post on Twitter

United Airlines Flight 328 was en route to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu and had departed at 12:15 p.m. local time carrying 241 people including ten crew members.

Despite the massive size of the engine debris that fell, no one on the ground, or in the air for that matter, was injured, local authorities reported.

The aircraft experienced “a right-engine failure,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.  The 777 was the fifth that Boeing had produced and it joined United’s fleet 26 years ago.

“Mayday, mayday, United, uh, 28… United 328 heavy, mayday, mayday, aircraft, uh…,” the pilot’s transmission to air-traffic control went at first.  “Denver departure, United 328 heavy aircraft just experienced a major failure, uh need to turn immediate.”

A video taken by a passenger and posted on social media included audio of passengers cheering upon touching down at Denver Airport.

The incident was eerily reminiscent of a 2018 incident involving another United 777.  The engine of the aircraft operating as Flight 1175 failed and fell apart over the pacific en route from San Francisco to Honolulu.

The National Transportation and Safety Bureau said in a tweet that it had opened an investigation into the “engine event.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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