Miami Herald (Sunday)

De­bris falls from plane dur­ing emer­gency land­ing near Den­ver

- Incidents · U.S. Federal Aviation Administration · Boeing · Twitter · United Airlines · Denver International Airport · Honolulu · City and County of Broomfield, Colorado

De­bris from a United Air­lines plane fell onto Den­ver sub­urbs dur­ing an emer­gency land­ing Satur­day, with one very large piece that ap­pears to be part of the en­gine nar­rowly miss­ing a home.

The plane landed safely and no­body aboard or on the ground was re­ported hurt, au­thor­i­ties said.

The Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion said in a state­ment that the Boe­ing 777-200 re­turned to the Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a right-en­gine fail­ure shortly af­ter take­off. Flight 328 was fly­ing from Den­ver to Honolulu when the in­ci­dent oc­curred, the agency said.

United said in a sep­a­rate state­ment that there were 231 pas­sen­gers and 10 crew on board. The air­line re­leased no fur­ther de­tails.

The Broomfield Po­lice De­part­ment posted pho­tos on Twit­ter show­ing large, cir­cu­lar pieces of de­bris lean­ing against a house in the sub­urb about 25 miles north of Den­ver. Po­lice are ask­ing that any­one in­jured come for­ward.

Tyler Thal, who lives in the area, told The As­so­ci­ated Press that he was out for a walk with his fam­ily when he no­ticed a large com­mer­cial plane fly­ing un­usu­ally low and took out his phone to film it.

“While I was look­ing at it, I saw an ex­plo­sion and then the cloud of smoke and some de­bris fall­ing from it. It was just like a speck in the sky and as I’m watch­ing that, I’m telling my fam­ily what I just saw and then we heard the ex­plo­sion,” he said in a phone in­ter­view. “The plane just kind of con­tin­ued on and we didn’t see it af­ter that.”

Thal was re­lieved to learn later that the plane had made a safe land­ing.

Video posted on Twit­ter by a woman who said she was the daugh­ter of peo­ple aboard the flight showed the en­gine fully en­gulfed in flames as the plane flew through the air.

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