Denver The Boeing-777 was scheduled to fly from Denver to Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday, but there was a blow shortly after takeoff. The passengers knew right away that something was wrong. Looking out the window, they came across a horrible image – a burning engine and pieces of an airplane falling down on people from the suburbs. Read their reactions.
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“I heard a big explosion, that’s exactly the sound you don’t want to hear when you’re traveling by plane,” said Travis Loock, one of 231 passengers on Flight 328 for CNN. “I immediately looked out the window, I was terrified when I saw that the engine was missing on my side,” Loock continued. According to him, the other passengers remained calm. “A lot of people didn’t see the engine on the right, so they weren’t as scared as I was,” the accident witness added.
Immediately after the explosion, passenger Bob Brown started recording everything with a mobile phone camera. “My wife and I looked at each other, held hands, and hoped to see the children again,” Brown said of the horrific experience. “My daughter was sitting by the window, I told her: Close the window, don’t look there, we’ll just pray,” recalled a woman who and her husband and children were on vacation to Hawaii. The passengers agreed that the plane’s crew had done a good job of calming the passengers.
The pilots received an emergency message immediately after the explosion and headed back to Denver Airport with a broken engine. They managed to land safely with the machine, and miraculously everyone on board escaped unharmed. “When we saw the runway, my family and I said we were in love,” said one of the passengers. “With such an experience, you realize all the things that are often forgotten,” he added.
Travis Loock celebrated his return with a cocktail at the airport, he said. He and his family waited for another plane to Honolulu. “We will try again. Luck is on our side this time, “said the passenger in conclusion. According to US intelligence, most travelers have opted for a similar approach.
Debris was raining from the sky
The drama also took place on earth. Kirby Klements, whose garden in Denver had been hit by a motor, at first thought the neighbors had had their trampoline burst. “When I opened the door, I thought, ‘This is the front engine of an airplane,'” the American said, according to CNN.
Kieran Clain, who lives in the same neighborhood, reportedly noticed the explosion while playing with children in the garden. “As the (plane) flew over us, we heard a big bang and as soon as we looked up at the sky, there was black smoke,” a Colorado citizen described the situation. They immediately ran with their family to hide in the house and eagerly awaited further events.
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“Debris began to rain from the sky, they didn’t look heavy then, but they were actually huge chunks of iron,” Clain said. One of his children did not manage to run home and hid in the gazebo by the local playground. “Those pieces were everywhere. The sky was full of pieces falling to the ground, “commented the coach of the football team Jim Hunter, who had to interrupt training due to falling debris. One of the neighbors even broke a hole in the roof of a plane. Fortunately, there were no injuries during the incidents.
US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has advised airlines not to use models with the same type of engine that caused Saturday’s incident. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ordered an extraordinary inspection of these aircraft, and some airlines have stopped the operation of these Boeings themselves, as reported by the Lidovky.cz server on Monday. The causes of the accident will be further investigated.
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