The United Airlines plane, which flew from Denver to Hawaii on Saturday, suffered an engine failure shortly after takeoff, and massive wreckage crashed on the residential area before a safe emergency landing, officials said.
The video, taken from inside the aircraft, shows that the Boeing 777-200’s right engine on the wing was on fire and wobbled, and the hood was dropped.
There were 231 passengers and 10 crew members on board.
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“I can honestly say that at one time I thought we were going to die – because we started to lose height right after the explosion,” a passenger, David Delucia, told The Denver Post.
“I grabbed my wife’s hand and said, ‘It’s all over,'” he said.
Mr Delucia said his stepdaughter posted a video on Twitter of another passenger.
“The flight on flight UA328 from Denver to Honolulu suffered an engine failure shortly after departure, returned safely to Denver and was met by emergency teams as a precaution,” the United Airlines said in a statement.
“Most customers who were originally UA328 are currently traveling to Honolulu on a new flight,” the company said, adding that those who did not want to travel immediately were provided with hotel accommodation.
The post, posted on the air traffic monitoring website liveatc.net, hears the pilot asking for emergency permission to return to Denver without any noticeable panic in his voice.
Heather Solar, who was training for her girls ’soccer team at the park at the time, said she heard the explosion and wreckage began to fall from the sky after him.
At the time, residents of Brumfield, a suburb of Denver, discovered large plane wrecks scattered throughout their settlement, including a giant round piece of metal that had fallen in Kirby Clement’s yard.
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“It’s a little shocking,” he told CNN.
“He landed right on my van,” the man said, pointing out that another large wreck left a 1.5-meter-diameter hole in the neighbor’s roof.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it was “aware of reports of wreckage near the flight path of the aircraft,” and added that it would investigate the incident with the National Transportation Safety Board.
“If you find debris, please do not touch or move it. The National Transportation Safety Board wants all the wreckage to remain on site for investigation, ”Blumfield police wrote on Twitter.
Police shared photos showing wreckage scattered on the sports ground in one park, including one piece of the plane with a red warning message: “Stay away from hazardous areas while the engine is running.”
United Airlines said it would “continue to work with federal agencies investigating the incident.”
FAA chief Steve Dickson said some of the liners would probably not be able to fly for at least some time due to the additional inspections.
He held a meeting with a group of aviation experts following Saturday’s Boeing 777 engine crash as the liner took off from Denver.
“I have instructed them to issue an Emergency Airworthiness Directive requiring immediate or enhanced inspections of Boeing 777 aircraft equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines,” Dickson said in a Twitter message.
This is the moment United flight 328 landed in DIA
You can see damage to right engine.
During the flight, a Boeint 777-200 aircraft with 231 passengers and 10 crew members saw a flaming starboard engine and a vibrating wing. When the liner returned to Denver Airport, its entire engine hood was missing.
No one on the plane or on the ground was injured in the incident, officials said.
According to S. Dickson, preliminary data from the study showed that the turbine blades of liner engines need additional inspection.
“Based on the initial information, we have concluded that the inspection interval for hollow blades that are unique to this model of engines used only in Boeing 777 aircraft needs to be shortened,” the FAA chief said.
He added that FAA officials will meet with representatives of Pratt & Whitney and Boeing on Sunday evening.
The incident involved a UA328 liner on a flight from Denver to Honolulu. The engine failed shortly after the start of the flight.
Residents of the suburbs of Brumfield, Denver, found large plane wrecks in their settlement, including a large metal ring that had fallen in someone’s yard.
The pilots were able to land the liner safely.
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