United Airlines Flight Engine Catches Fire Mid-Air, Rains Large Chunk Of Debris
On Sunday, the Boeing 777’s engine caught fire shortly after it left the Denver airport for Hawaii, strewing debris in several parts of the neighbourhood before landing back safely in Denver
Passengers of the United States based United Airlines had a narrow escape on Sunday (21 February) when its Hawaii bound Boeing 777 was forced to make an emergency landing after its engine caught fire mid-air shortly after it took off. Thankfully, the jet returned to the Denver International Airport, its origin location safely. The aviation company released the news in an official statement and confirmed that no injuries were reported and that they were in touch with the concerned authorities including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Viral footage showed residents spotting large chunks of the plane’s debris strewn over the city. The Broomfield Police Department posted photos of circular discs on their social media handle. A passenger on board captured the spine-chilling moments when panic set in and everybody was holding hands together and praying for a miracle. According to one of the vacationers on board, a loud explosion was heard in the cabin after which the aircraft started shaking in full-force and losing altitude.
The airlines also confirmed that there were 231 passengers and 10 crew on board. While investigations are on, experts from the field cite that the incident was caused due to a catastrophic engine failure.
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