A United Airlines flight on its way to Honolulu experienced engine failure on Saturday afternoon before safely landing in Denver.
The flight, No. 328, had 331 people on board when its right engine burst into flames. The incident happened over the top of a suburb of Boulder, Colorado. The plane was scattering debris across various neighborhoods in the area before making its emergency landing.
As if the entire situation didn’t sound frightening enough, a video of the flaming engine has been posted online to social media. The video is going viral on Twitter. It’s already received over 30,000 retweets and quote tweets along with more than 63,000 likes in the short time since being posted. It’s also gotten more than four million total views.
Twitter user Michaela (@michaelagiulia) is responsible for posting the video. It was recorded by a passenger on the plane. She also says that her parents were on board.
Michaela wrote, “Flight 328 @united engine caught fire. my parents are on this flight 🙃🙃 everyone’s okay though!”
Thankfully, officials say that there have been no reported injuries. The F.A.A. released a statement saying that the plane, a Boeing 777-200, experienced “a right-engine failure” shortly after takeoff. It also says that it was aware of reports of debris “in the vicinity of the airplane’s flight path.”
The flight took off from Denver International Airport at 12:15 p.m. local time. It was heading from Denver to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu when the incident took place.
A spokesperson for United said that 321 passengers and 10 crew members were on board. Upon returning to Denver, emergency responders came to see passengers as a precaution. He says they are “now working to get our customers on a new flight to Honolulu.”
Pieces from United Flight Fell Across Colorado
It was no doubt a scary situation for those on board the plane. However, it must have also been a little frightening for those in Bloomfield, which is 15 miles southeast of Boulder. Police say that debris from the plane was falling across three different neighborhoods. That was around 1:08 p.m. local time.
Meanwhile, thankfully there have been no injuries due to the falling debris. However, Broomfield police have said that there has been some property damage. They posted updates throughout the day on their Twitter page. Included in their updates, are some pictures of fallen debris along with some property damage.