Check Out the Debris That Rained Down on a Colorado Suburb After a Plane’s Engine Exploded

Residents take pictures of debris fallen from a United Airlines airplane’s engine on the neighborhood of Broomfield, outside Denver, Colorado, on February 20, 2021.

Residents take pictures of debris fallen from a United Airlines airplane’s engine on the neighborhood of Broomfield, outside Denver, Colorado, on February 20, 2021.
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Local authorities closed off several streets to locate and collect the debris that fell from United Airlines flight 328. The flight departed around noon on Saturday headed for Honolulu, Hawaii, but its pilots issued a mayday call shortly after takeoff to report right-engine failure. The plane had just reached 1o,000 feet when passengers heard an explosion, CNN reports. Travis Loock, a passenger with a clear view of the engine from his seat, immediately knew something was wrong.

“There was a big boom and the kind of sound you don’t want to hear when you’re on the airplane,” Loock told the outlet. “And I instantly put my shade up, and I was pretty frightened to see that the engine on my side was missing.”

“A lot of people couldn’t see the engine on that side, right, so I was a little more freaked out because I could see it, and I knew that was not right,” he said.

By 1:30 p.m., the plane was safely back on the ground, and no injuries were reported among the 241 people on board, per CNN. First responders told a local CBS affiliate on Saturday they weren’t aware of any injuries on the ground either.

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