United Boeing 777 suffers engine damage after taking off from Denver. Debris was found but no injuries
A United Airlines plane
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A United Airlines Boeing 777-200 bound for Honolulu suffered an engine failure shortly after taking off from Denver on Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The plane returned to Denver, where it landed safely. Images shared on social media showed what appeared to be part of the engine nacelle in front of a house while police shared other debris. United said no injuries were reported on board the flight.
“The FAA is aware of reports of debris near the aircraft’s flight path,” the agency said in a statement.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA said they are investigating the incident. The Broomfield Police Department in Colorado said the plane dropped debris in several neighborhoods and warned not to touch or move any part of the plane.
United Flight 328 had 231 passengers and 10 crew members on board.
United said it is in contact with the FAA, NTSB as well as local law enforcement agencies.
“All passengers and crew were dropped off and transported back to the terminal,” United said in a statement in Denver. “We are now working on getting our customers on a new flight to Honolulu in the next few hours.”
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents United cabin crews, said its staff support and safety committees provide assistance to the crews.
“We are grateful that the plane landed safely,” said the union.
Boeing said it had received reports of the incident.