United Airlines 777 engine explodes showering debris

Pieces of an airplane in backyards in Broomfield a Denver suburb

However, metal pieces of the aircraft's engine casing were seen falling to the ground and landing in a neighborhood in Broomfield, a city near Denver, Colorado.

Police said witnesses heard a loud explosion and then smoke and debris fall from the sky.

In the second incident of its kind today, the engine of a United Airlines Boeing 777 exploded with debris falling on houses below.

Aviation Herald reports that the pilots declared a Mayday reporting the 777 engine fire.

A person familiar with the situation told ABC News that investigators will focus on a possible uncontained engine failure based on the vibration observed in video evidence and damage to the containment ring. However, several streets were closed off Saturday as officers locate and remove the debris scattered across several neighbourhoods. "The debris was so far and wide".

Officials are investigating how the malfunction occurred
Officials are investigating how the malfunction occurred

According to flightaware.com, the plane took off at 12:49 p.m., then turned around and landed back in Denver at 1:29.

"Flight 328 from Denver to Honolulu experienced an engine failure shortly after departure, returned safely to Denver and was met by emergency crews as a precaution".

"The fact that we are still not getting reports of any injuries is absolutely shocking at this point", Welte said. Passengers deplaned on the runway and were bused to the terminal, the FAA said.

Broomfield PD is instructing folks not to touch the debris and to leave it where it landed, so that the National Transportation Safety Board - the federal agency that investigates situations like this - can come out to take a look, and determine what's what.

Broomfield is about 15 miles north of Denver.


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