MIRACLE – A United Airlines Boeing 777-220 from Denver to Honolulu had to make an emergency landing on Saturday after its right engine burned. Much debris from the aircraft fell on the city. There are no injuries.
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The passengers of flight UA328 had the fear of their lives. The residents of Denver, them, witnessed dumbfounded a rain of debris in their streets. A United Airlines Boeing 777-220 made an emergency landing on Saturday due to a burning engine. The aircraft, to connect the city of Denver to that of Honolulu and carrying 231 passengers and 10 crew members, managed to land after losing a lot of debris. No injuries – in the aircraft or on the ground – are to be deplored. A miracle.
In a recording obtained from the LiveATC site, the pilot of the aircraft can be heard initiating a distress call and requesting an emergency clearance to return to Denver. “We had an engine failure, we must turn around. Mayday (help, editor’s note)”, he says. A local resident was able to capture the scene, which he shared on Twitter. “Saw an explosion on this low flying plane @broomfield about 45 minutes ago. Debris fell from the plane and left a black cloud of smoke. The plane continued “, he describes.
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Safe and sound, the 200 or so passengers were still taken care of by rescue teams. “The majority of the customers who were on flight UA328 are currently en route to Honolulu on another flight,” United Airlines said in a statement, adding that passengers not wishing to travel immediately after the incident had been accommodated at the hotel.
The incident caused a great deal of debris to fall, which residents of Broomfield, a suburb of Denver, were able to witness. “I heard that loud noise, I thought it was a military device When I got out, you could see that the engine was on fire”, said one of them, while another told the Denver Post : “Honestly, … I thought we were bombed.” On their Twitter account, Broomfield police shared snapshots taken by residents of the debris of the aircraft and located on a sports field or in a park. “Additional debris strewn across the grounds of the Commons Park. Please avoid the area if possible,” the authorities asked. But also not to touch the debris or move them “for the purposes of the investigation”.
For its part, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) clarified that it was “aware of reports of fallen debris along the route taken by the aircraft” and announced that it had opened an investigation to determine the causes of the reactor fire.
Boeing, which had “recommended” Sunday evening the suspension of flights on this type of aircraft, finally decided on Monday to immobilize all Boeing 777s equipped with the engine in question.
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