United Airlines flight’s engine catches fire after takeoff, lands safely

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A United Airlines flight experienced an engine failure after taking off from Denver International Airport on Saturday.

A United Airlines flight experienced an engine failure after taking off from Denver International Airport on Saturday but landed safely after dropping debris over northern Colorado, officials said.

The Hawaii-bound jet was a Boeing 777 with 10 crew members and 231 passengers on board, according to reports.

Frightening video recorded from inside the plane showed the damaged engine on fire.

“When it initially happened I thought we were done. I thought we were going down,” passenger David Delucia, who was travelling with his wife, told The Associated Press.

After hearing an explosion and seeing a flash of light, Delucia said he quickly stuffed his wallet in his pocket, thinking it would help responders identify his body more easily if he did not survive, he told the AP.

Much of the debris landed in Commons Park and in the Northmoor and Red Leaf neighbourhoods of Broomfield, which is about 20 miles north of downtown Denver.

Miraculously no injuries were reported on board the aircraft, or on the ground.

The damaged engine of the United Airlines flight caused it to lose altitude, with a trail of black smoke visible to people on the ground, the AP reported.

A large circular piece of the plane fell next to a house in Broomfield, Colorado.

Debris fell near Dog Park

Debris also fell near a dog park and on a turf field in a Broomfield park.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident and has asked Coloradans not to touch debris if they find pieces of the plane in their neighbourhoods.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told MSNBC that he will work with the NTSB to investigate the United Airlines flight engine failure to “understand any lessons learned in a way that will maximize the sense of safety every time we get on a plane.”

“America’s reputation for excellent air safety is not something that just happened,” Buttigieg told MSNBC. “It happened because of the close regulation of understanding whenever an incident happens, why it happens and ensuring that we have the highest standards in this country.”

Denver’s KUSA-TV acquired a video that shows passengers cheering as the plane safely lands at Denver International Airport.

Colorado resident Clare Armstrong said she was at the Broomfield Commons Dog Park when she heard a loud boom in the sky; and saw debris start falling in the area.

She and others in the dog park were able to safely get to shelter.

Broomfield police said, they were “beyond grateful” that no one is injured; given how many people are normally at the park on a weekend day.

It was currently unclear what caused engine No. 2 on the aircraft to malfunction. A video taken from the ground shows a large plume of black smoke emitted from the plane.

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