A sobering incident occurred today when a United Airlines 777-200 traveling to Hawaii experienced a catastrophic engine failure today shortly after takeoff. The pictures and video border on terrifying.
United Airlines 777-200 Suffers Catastrophic Engine Failure After Takeoff
UA328, a Boeing 777-200, took off from Denver (DEN) bound for Honolulu (HNL) this morning at 12:49pm. 231 passengers and 10 crew members were onboard. Shortly after takeoff, as the aircraft approached 13,000 feet, the right engine suffered an explosion.
Check out these pictures and video:
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Large pieces of the right engine fell from the sky, barely missing homes in a suburb outside of Denver. Neighbors reported hearing a loud boom like an explosion before seeing debris rain from the sky.
JUST IN: Denver International Airport officials tell us United Airlines Flight 328 bound for Honolulu returned to the airport after an engine problem. Neighbors heard a loud boom, took these photos of what look like Boeing 777 engine nacelle in their yards. pic.twitter.com/mklpz3VG4F
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Listen to the Air Traffic Control audio, in which the flight crew stoically but professionally declare a mayday:
The aircraft returned to Denver International and passengers erupted into applause as the aircraft safely landed.
This is the moment United flight 328 landed in DIA
You can see damage to right engine.
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United provided the follow statement on the incident:
Flight 328 from DEN (Denver) to HNL (Honolulu) experienced an engine failure shortly after departure, returned safely to Denver and was met by emergency crews as a precaution. There are no reported injuries onboard and we will share more information as it becomes available.
We are in contact with the FAA, NTSB and local law enforcement. All passengers and crew have deplaned and been transported back to the terminal in DEN. We are now working to get our customers on a new flight to Honolulu in the next few hours.
It appears United found a spare 777-200 and the flight will depart again in a couple hours:
Even though engines failures are not unheard of, this was a scary incident and represented a catastrophic engine failure. My sincere congratulations to the pilots for safely landing the aircraft. No injures were reported onboard. The aircraft, N772UA, was only the fifth 777 ever produced and has been in the United fleet since 1995. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will now investigate.
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