Sunday, 21 February 2021

Lucky escape as Boeing jet suffers serious engine issue after take off sending debris to the ground.

Photo Broomfield Police Department

A United Airlines Boening 777 jet with 241 people on board suffered a massive engine failure shortly after taking off from Denver leaving a trail of debris behind, on Saturday lunchtime. 

Shortly after 1300 local time on Saturday, the aircraft, operating flight UA328 to Honolulu experienced a massive uncontained engine failure, with the powerplants casing and cowling scattered over the land below,

Images from the scene show how one piece narrowly missed the front of a house in the town of Bloomfield, while others from inside the aircraft show the engine in flame. 

Photo: HAYDEN SMITH/speedbird528/Handout via REUTERS

The Boeing 777, which had 231 passengers and 10 crew on board at the time of the incident was able to make a safe return to Denver and there are no reports of injuries either on the aircraft or on the ground.  

News reports of the incident say passengers recall hearing a loud bang or explosion shortly after the aircraft left the runway. According to one person who spoke to the AP news agency, the flight's captain was making an announcement at the time the explosion was heard. 

"The plane started shaking violently, and we lost altitude and we started going down," the passenger is reported to have said, before saying that he and his wife placed their wallets in their pockets so that "in case we did go down, we could be ID'd".

An investigation is already underway, 


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