There are 241 people on board. Some of them raise their awnings to see what is happening
Boeing is facing a new problem – another batch of its planes was landed after the engine of an aircraft, model 777, caught fire in the air. The company itself recommended that 128 machines with the same engine be grounded.
United Airlines, which owned the machine, grounded 24 of its 777, while Japan’s two major airlines shut down 32 aircraft. The investigation into the case continues.
The loud thunder tells the passengers of United Flight 328 that something is wrong.
There are 241 people on board. Some of them raise their awnings to see what is happening. And before their eyes is a horrifying sight – the engine is burning. Others do the opposite – cover their windows, hug their loved ones and pray. And down in Denver, people are looking for a place to shelter to avoid debris that suddenly fell to the ground.
The pilots immediately return to the airport and land without any problems. Remarkably, no injuries were reported in the air or on the ground.
Still, interviews with passengers show that the incident scared everyone. This is how people in the air and those on the ground react in these tense moments
“There was a loud thunder”
“There was a loud thunder, a sound you don’t want to hear when you’re on a plane,” said Locke, who is flying with his wife. “I immediately raised my canopy and was quite scared when I saw that the engine on my side was missing. My wife and I were just glad we weren’t over the ocean because we were headed there,” he said.
Locke said he felt fear on the plane, but everyone remained calm.
“A lot of people couldn’t see the engine, so I was a little more panicked because I saw it and I knew it wasn’t right,” he said.
Nate Fisher also hears the terrifying sound. “I thought lightning struck the plane,” he told CNN’s KCNC affiliate.
When Bob Brown hears the explosion, he looks out his window, sees the engine fault, and pulls out his phone to take a picture. “My wife and I looked at each other, held hands and just wanted to see our children again,” he said.
Mike Vienna was in the middle of the plane when he heard the explosion. “The plane just started shaking and it was like that for about half an hour until it landed,” he told KCNC.
“Let’s just pray”
Vena said the crew’s professionalism reassured them, but he was still worried.
“There was no panic among the crew, no panic among the passengers,” he said. “I was just worried about my kids because they weren’t with us, and this was our first vacation alone in 21 years.”
“At first I was quite panicked,” Dan Smith of Portland, Maine, told KCNC. “But I think the crew did a good job of calming down.”
Brenda Don, who was traveling with her children, saw smoke in front of the window and immediately realized that something was wrong. “My daughter was sitting by the window, and I said, ‘Don’t look, let’s close it and just pray,'” she told KUSA. We just held hands and prayed. “
Daniel Thomas, who lives in Honolulu, praised the crew for their behavior. “I think the pilots had a lot of credit for making everyone feel safe,” she said.
And Troy Lewis says he was confident from the start that they would return safely.
“As soon as we made a turn and saw the track, I made sure we would survive. My family and I said we loved each other,” he told KUSA. “It makes you suddenly remember all those things you can easily forget.”
After returning safely to land, Locke said he calmed his nerves and prepared for the rest of the trip. “I drank a cocktail. And, yes, we will try again. We will try again. This time the chances are with us,” he said, and he was not alone in wanting to continue his journey. United Airlines said most passengers had taken another flight from the company to Honolulu, while “those who do not wish to travel with us tonight have been accommodated in a hotel.”
What did the people on earth do?
While those in the air worried about landing, those on the ground looked up at the sky to see debris falling from it.
The large round engine cover fell right next to the house, but fortunately failed to cause more serious damage. Kirby Clements, the homeowner, told KMGH that he believed his neighbor’s trampoline had thrown him into his yard: “But as soon as I opened the door, I saw that part of the plane’s engine had fallen.”
Kieran Kane told CNN that she was playing with her children at a local elementary school when a plane flew over and a loud bang was heard. “We saw it pass, we heard the big explosion, we looked up, there was black smoke in the sky,” Kane said.
“The debris started to rain, they looked like they were drifting and they weren’t very heavy, but in fact now that we look at them, giant pieces of metal are everywhere,” he says. “I was surprised that the plane continued without changing its trajectory or doing anything. It just kept going on the road as if nothing had happened,” the man said. He and his children took shelter in a gazebo near the playground and watched the debris descend about two or three blocks away.
A Broomfield homeowner told KCNC he was making sandwiches for his daughters when wreckage crashed into its roof.
Another man, Mark Moskovich, said he heard a loud bang and when he looked outside, he saw a large piece of metal falling from the sky into the street. “I went upstairs to see my wife and baby sleeping to make sure they were safe,” he said.
Jim Hunter was coaching players in Commons Park when he saw the debris fall from the sky. The football team is hiding in a safe place and no one was hurt. “They were everywhere. The sky was full of these pieces falling on the field,” he told KUSA.
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