Parts of jet engine falls over a residential area as United 777 suffers engine failure after takeoff
Parts of jet engine fell over a residential area as United Airlines Boeing 777-200, registration N772UA’s engine failed right after takeoff.
The Boeing 777-200 was performing flight UA-328 from Denver, CO to Honolulu, HI, USA with 231 passengers and 10 crew. There were no reported injuries.
After departure from runway 25, the aircraft was in initial climb when the right-hand engine's (PW4077) inlet separated associated with an engine failure.
The crew stopped the climb at about 13,000 feet, declared a mayday, and requested to return to Denver for landing.
The aircraft returned to Denver for a safe landing on runway 26 about 23 minutes after departure.
As the aircraft stopped on the runway for inspection, emergency services advised of an active fire within the right-hand engine which was then extinguished.
The aircraft was towed off the runway to a remote parking stand where passengers disembarked and were bussed to the terminal.
Ground observers reported hearing the sound of an explosion with smoke and saw the debris falling.
The engine inlet fell into the neighborhood of Broomfield, CO about 16mi west of Denver near 13th and Elmwood Street, the debris also struck through the roof of an adjacent house.
The debris field expands over a nautical mile. There were no injuries on the ground. The FAA as well as the NTSB have opened investigations.