In the sky over Colorado, the engine of a plane with 240 passengers collapsed: what is known
Passenger Boeing 777 after departure from the American city of Denver lost all the skin of the right engine, its debris fell on residential areas, and the engine caught fire, writes Air force.
No one was reportedly injured on board or on the ground, but passengers and locals were severely shocked.
The liner, carrying 231 passengers and 10 crew members, was able to return safely and land at the Denver, Colorado airport. There were no reports of casualties.
The United Airlines flight was heading to Honolulu. The Federal Aviation Administration of the USA reported that the right engine of the plane failed.
Brumfield police have released photographs of the front of an engine nacelle lying on the lawn in front of a one-story apartment building in one neighborhood.
A video posted on social media, taken by one of the passengers, shows that the engine has lost all of the skin, not just the front, and caught fire.
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United Airlines confirmed the fact of engine failure of one of the liners after departure. Her statement said the Boeing 777 returned safely to the airport of departure. As a precaution, he was met by emergency crews.
Brumfield police have urged residents not to touch the wreckage.
It is unclear at this point what caused the engine malfunction. Accidents of this kind are rare. Malfunctions of rotating parts such as turbines can lead to such accidents. The shoulder blade can break off and pierce the outer skin.
The Boeing 777-200 was produced 26 years ago.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
"We started to shake"
A passenger on board said the pilot was announcing a flight while there was a loud crash.
"The plane began to shake uncontrollably, began to lose altitude, it seemed that we were falling," David Deluca told the Associated Press. “When it happened, I thought: well, that's it, this is the end, we’re going to crash now.”
The passenger added that, together with his wife, they hid their wallets with identity cards in their pockets so that they could be identified in case the plane crashed.
“We started to climb, everything was in order, and then suddenly there was a loud sound: boom! We started to shake, ”another passenger on this flight told the BBC.
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“My daughter was sitting near the window, I told her - don't look there, let's close the curtain and pray. We did just that, ”the woman recalls.
“My youngest son is only 10 years old. He was very scared, you could hear it in his voice. He asked: what is happening, what will happen to us? You cannot answer these questions, because you do not know what will happen next. It's very scary, ”she admitted
“People did not realize the seriousness of the situation. It feels like the shock you experienced allowed you to relax. My mind seemed to clear up, ”another passenger told the BBC.
A Brumfield resident told CNN that he saw debris fall from the plane and took refuge with his children.
According to him, at first it seemed that he was slowly planning something not very large and heavy, and only then it became clear that, as he said, huge pieces of metal had fallen.
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There are also no reports that someone was injured on the ground, Fox News reports.
Local resident Claire Armstrong told TV that she was walking her dog in the park when she heard a loud rumbling in the sky and saw debris begin to fall. She and other visitors to the park were able to safely reach the hideout.
Brumfield police expressed their joy that no one was hurt, given how many people are usually in the park on a weekend.
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From the video recorded on board, the passengers of the emergency flight were also very happy when the plane with the damaged engine landed on the Denver runway.
A similar incident occurred on the same day in the Netherlands: shortly after takeoff, the engine of a passenger Boeing 747-400, en route to New York, caught fire, some fragments fell to the ground.
The plane made an emergency landing in the Belgian city of Liege. One woman was injured as a result of the incident.
This is the moment United flight 328 landed in DIA
You can see damage to right engine.
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Boeing has recommended the suspension of operation of the 777-series airliners powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4000-112 after the incident in Denver.
Pratt & Whitney is not the main supplier of engines for the Boeing 777, most of these liners are powered by GE90 engines from General Electric.
A total of 128 Boeing-777s with Pratt & Whitney engines were produced, of which 59 are in storage. The main operators of this type of aircraft are the American United Airlines, as well as the airlines of Japan and South Korea.
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