A shower of debris from a United Airlines plane, forced to turn around after its right engine burned down, fell on a residential area in Denver in the United States on Saturday, he said. we learned from official sources.
The incident left no injuries on the ground or on board the plane, authorities said.
Passengers on United Airlines flight UA328 to Honolulu, Hawaii were scared of their lives shortly after takeoff from the airport in Denver, Colo., When the right engine suddenly burst into flames .
The plane managed to turn around and land safely in Denver and the incident did not cause any injuries, assured the company, adding that the passengers had however been taken care of by rescue teams.
The aircraft, a Boeing 777-220, “made a U-turn towards Denver International Airport where it landed without incident after suffering a failure of its right engine just after take-off,” said on his side on Twitter the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Images taken inside the plane, which carried 231 passengers and 10 crew members, and posted on social media show the plane’s right engine in flames.
“I can honestly say I thought I was going to die, because we started losing altitude right after the explosion,” passenger David Delucia told The Denver Post. “I grabbed my wife’s hand and told her we’re done,” he added.
“The majority of customers who were on flight UA328 are currently en route to Honolulu on another flight,” United Airlines said in a statement, adding that passengers not wishing to travel immediately after the incident had been accommodated at the hotel.
In a recording obtained by the LiveATC website, which broadcasts air traffic communications, the pilot is heard making a distress call, requesting emergency clearance to return to Denver.
“We had a reactor failure, we have to turn around. Mayday, mayday, ”he said in a panicked voice.
The incident also caused a drop of debris of varying magnitude along the route taken by the aircraft when it turned back to Denver.
A piece of the plane in the shape of a circle, with a diameter equivalent to a front door, was stuck in the middle of a garden in Broomfield, a suburb of Denver (Colorado).
Kirby Clements, owner of the garden where this imposing debris from the United Airlines plane landed, told CNN of a “somewhat overwhelming” experience.
“It landed directly on the roof of my truck before falling next to it,” he said, adding that another equally large debris had caused a hole more than 1.5m in diameter in the roof. from a neighbor.
The FAA said it was “aware of reports of debris fallen along the route taken by the plane.”
“If you find any debris PLEASE don’t touch it, don’t move it. The @NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) wants all debris to remain on site for investigation, ”Broomfield Police tweeted.
She also posted photos of debris strewn on a sports field, located in a park, including a piece of the plane with the inscription in red: “Stay away from dangerous areas when the engine is running. “.
Heather Solar, who organized training for her daughters’ soccer team, said she heard an explosion, followed by a shower of debris.
“Honestly … I thought we were bombed,” she told The Denver Post. “There was so much debris in the sky. “