Airplane engine catches fire over Colorado, drops parts in residential areas

21 Février, 2021, 05:33 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Pieces of an airplane in backyards in Broomfield a Denver suburb

Check out these photos that were captured and posted out in Broomfield, where police shared images of massive chunks of debris from what appears to be the turbine engine and other parts of the plane laid scattered about on the lawns of folks in neighborhoods below.

The incident happened on United Airlines flight 328 which had taken off from Denver en route to Honolulu.

In the second incident of its kind today, the engine of a United Airlines Boeing 777 exploded with debris falling on houses below. Denver-based investigators are responding, the NTSB says. "Our patrol officers are working to locate all of the debris".

Police told people to not touch any of the debris and to contact them 303.438.6405 to report any items.

"The biggest thing right now is we are now securing the scene", Welte said during a press briefing. Video shot from the cabin shows the nacelle and most of the rear fairings missing from the engine as it wobbles while windmilling on the return trip to the airport.

Officials are investigating how the malfunction occurred
Officials are investigating how the malfunction occurred

Colorado resident Clare Armstrong told Fox News she was at the Broomfield Commons Dog Park when she heard a loud boom in the sky and saw debris start falling in the area.

"The fact that we are still not getting reports of any injuries is absolutely shocking at this point", Welte said.

There are no reported injuries, initial reports say.

There were 231 passengers and 10 crew onboard the flight. Passengers deplaned on the runway and were bused to the terminal, the FAA said. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be carrying out an investigation.

Broomfield is about 15 miles north of Denver.

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