“Pratt & Whitney is actively coordinating with operators and regulators to support the revised inspection interval for the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines that power the Boeing 777s,” the company statement said. “Any further investigation updates regarding this event will be at the discretion of the NTSB. Pratt & Whitney will continue to work to ensure the safe operation of the fleet. ”
Fear in the air
Loock, who was on his way back to the airport, said the atmosphere on the plane was tense. The pilot arrived and said he would land in four minutes.
He said you could feel the fear on the plane, but everyone was “very calm”.
Passenger Brenda Dohn said she and her daughter, like the other passengers, took the time to pray.
“My daughter was sitting on the window and… I was like, ‘Don’t look like closing and let’s pray.’”
The sound of air traffic from the plane conveyed the sense of urgency but not of panic.
“United 328 Heavy – Mayday Mayday… Leaving Denver. United 328 Heavy Mayday. The plane has just suffered an engine failure – you must turn immediately. ”
Debris from the failed engine rained for a mile through a football pitch and neighboring neighborhoods, Broomfield Police spokeswoman Rachel Welte told reporters at a press briefing on Saturday.
“We dispatched police and within minutes we were actually at the scene of some of these houses, and we actually saw some of this large debris,” Welte said.
Looking at the debris field and how busy the area was, Welte said, “the fact that we are still not receiving injury reports is absolutely shocking at this point.”
“This park, on a day like today, when it’s not as cold as last weekend, we could have hundreds of people here.”
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