Claire Armstrong has captured on her phone a video of parts of the United Airlines 777 engine floating into a field.
The parts were likely lightweight composite and or fiberglass structures from the engine cowling.
United Airlines Boeing 777 operating as flight 328 flying from Denver – Honolulu suffered a serious engine failure on takeoff.
It made an emergency landing and everyone is ok.
Check out these pieces of the engine falling from the sky…pic.twitter.com/1IyBj6Nlf2
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The US air traffic control provider, the FAA 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 said in a statement. “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.” – FAA
In a statement United Airlines said;
“Flight UA328 from Denver to Honolulu experienced an engine failure shortly after departure, returned safely to Denver, and was met by emergency crews as a precaution. There are no reported injuries onboard. We are in contact with the FAA, NTSB, and local law enforcement.”
The 777 was operating flight UA328 from Denver to Honolulu and was climbing out of Denver’s runway 27 when the right-hand Pratt and Whitney engine’s inlet separated associated with the failure of the engine.
Aviation Herald reports that the pilots declared a Mayday reporting the 777 engine fire.
“The aircraft stopped the climb at about 13,000 feet, the crew requested to return to Denver after running the checklists, AH reported.
“The aircraft returned to Denver for a safe landing on runway 26 about 23 minutes after departure. The aircraft stopped on the runway for a check by emergency services.”
The engine inlet fell into the neighborhood of Broomfield, located about 15km west of Denver.