© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The watershed can be seen in the background of the Denver International Airport outside of Denver
By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A United Airlines flight landed safely at Denver International Airport on Saturday after its right engine failed. This was announced by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Boeing (NYSE 🙂 777-200 aircraft with 231 passengers and 10 crew members flew to Honolulu when it suffered an engine failure shortly after take-off, the airline said.
There were no reports of injuries, either on the plane or on the ground.
Images released by police in Broomfield, Colorado showed significant aircraft debris on the ground, including a bonnet and other parts of a field scattered outside a house. Police tape was used to cordon off the debris.
A video from United's plane showed an engine burning.
Another video posted on social media showed a cloud of black smoke left behind by an airplane.
"Something was blown up," says a man on the video.
An audio recording could be heard of a United pilot making a Mayday call to air traffic control.
"Mayday, planes that have just had an engine failure must turn immediately," says the Reuters-checked surveillance website liveatc.net.
The FAA said so and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate. The NTSB said it has opened an investigation.
"If you find dirt, please don't touch it or move it
@NTSB wants all debris to remain in place for investigation, "Broomfield Police Department said on Twitter.
The 26-year-old 777 was powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines. Investigators will focus on what caused the accident and see if a fan blade has failed.
Boeing said its technical advisors would assist the NTSB in its investigation, while United pledged to "work with federal agencies to investigate this incident".
United said most of the passengers on Flight 328 took off a new flight to Honululu late Saturday.
Motor failures are rare but potentially dangerous when rotating parts puncture the outer housing – an event known as an unincorporated motor failure.
In February 2018, an older Boeing 777, operated by United and destined for Honolulu, suffered an engine failure when a hood fell off about 30 minutes before the aircraft safely landed. The NTSB determined that the incident was due to a fracture of the full-length fan blades.
Due to the United fan blade separation incident, Pratt & Whitney, a division of Raytheon (NYSE :), reviewed the inspection records for all previously inspected PW4000 fan blades, the NTSB said. The FAA issued a guideline in March 2019 that requires first and recurring inspections of the fan blades of PW4000 motors.
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