AN "engine failure" explosion on a packed United Airlines plane caused the flight to drop parts onto homes in a Denver neighborhood as it made a dramatic return to the airport.
Social media users shared stunning images of plane debris in the yards of Broomfield residents before Flight UA 328 landed safely at Denver International Airport in Colorado on Saturday afternoon.
The plane was carrying 231 passengers and 10 crew members, an airline spokesperson told The Sun.Massive parts of the 777's engine dropped in BroomfieldCredit: Twitter / @Broomfield Credit: Twitter / @Broomfield
Some of the debris landed in Commons Park and in the Northmoor and Red Leaf neighborhoods. Our patrol officers are working to locate all of the debris. If you have debris in your yard or near your home please call dispatch at 303.438.6405 to report asap.— Broomfield Police (@BroomfieldPD) February 20, 2021
"Flight 328 from Denver to Honolulu experienced an engine failure shortly after departure, returned safely to Denver and was met by emergency crews as a precaution," the statement from United Airlines read.
"There are no reported injuries onboard, and we will share more information as it becomes available."
According to Flight Aware, the plane took off from Denver and landed in Denver around 1:30 pm local time.
The Flight Aware mapping system shows that UA 328 flew in a loop back to its departure point.
The mayday call from the plane features the pilot requesting the place must "need a turn immediately. Mayday, mayday."
Earlier, a Broomfield Police spokesperson said authorities had received reports of a plane dropping debris in several neighborhoods after experiencing engine trouble.
Someone on the plane shared video of the engine catching fire.
One person posted a clip of the low-flying plane which they said appeared to experience an "explosion" but "continued on".Luckily no one was injuredCredit: AP:Associated Press Smoke can be seen from the plane's engine that caught on fireCredit: Hayden Smith
"I saw an explosion on this low flying aircraft over @broomfield about 45 minutes ago," the Twitter user wrote.
"Debris fell from the plane and left a black cloud of smoke. The plane continued on."
Another Twitter user wrote that he "heard and saw" an explosion before it started "raining metal".
"On the ground right now with fire and police responders," he posted.
"There is property damage to houses but nobody appears to be injured."
In a video posted on Twitter, one passenger appears to have captured the moment the plane touched down in Denver. Passengers can be heard cheering and clapping as it steadies on the runway. In the clip, damage can be seen on the aircraft through one of the windows.