Saturday, February 27, 2021

Gulf News Wreckage of a passenger plane falls over a residential area in Denver, USA


Denver – (AFP) A United Airlines Boeing plane caught fire shortly after it took off from Denver on Saturday for Hawaii, sending massive debris to a residential area before it made an emergency landing. A video clip filmed from inside the plane, which had 231 passengers and 10 crew members on board, showed the right engine on fire and moving across the wing of the Boeing 777-200, while its hood appeared to be completely lost as the plane flew over an arid area.

The authorities confirmed that there were no casualties on board the plane or among the residents on the ground. “I can honestly say I thought we were going to die at some point because we started landing right after the explosion,” passenger David DeLuchia told the Denver Post. He continued, “I took my wife’s hand and said that it was over.” Delocia said his daughter-in-law posted the video clip filmed by another passenger on Twitter.

United Airlines said in a statement that “Flight UA 328 from Denver to Honolulu suffered an engine failure shortly after its departure and returned safely to Denver and was received by emergency crews as a precaution.” She added that “the majority of the passengers who were originally on board the flight are currently en route to Honolulu on a new flight,” adding that those who did not want to travel immediately were provided with hotel accommodation.

In recording the distress request obtained from Live ATC, which broadcasts air traffic communications, the pilot requested emergency permission to return to Denver. “We have an engine failure, we need to go back,” he said, without apparent panic in his tone. He confirmed, after the watchtower asked him to repeat what he said, “We need to return immediately.” Meanwhile, residents of the Denver suburb of Broomfield found large pieces of the plane scattered around their neighborhood, including a giant circular coin in front of the home of a person named Kirby Clements.

“It was a bit confusing,” he told CNN. “I completely landed on my truck and fell,” noting that a separate large piece of debris had left a hole 1.5 meters deep in the roof of a neighbor. The Federal Aviation Administration said it was “aware of reports of debris near the plane’s flight path,” adding that the agency and the National Transportation Safety Board would launch an investigation into the accident. “If you find debris, please don’t touch or move it,” Bloomfield police wrote on Twitter. “The National Transportation Safety Board wants all debris to remain in place for investigation,” she added. United Airlines announced that it “will continue to work with federal agencies investigating the accident.”



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