"It's literally falling all over the city."
A United commercial jet landed safely and nobody on the ground was injured after one of the plane's engines fell apart in the sky on Saturday, its pieces landing all over a Denver suburb below.
Residents of Broomfield, Colorado, reported massive pieces of debris from Flight 328 landing on a car, in people's yards, in Broomfield Commons Park, and all over the city—with parts of the engine still being discovered on Sunday as well. Remarkably, while there was property damage, there have been no reports of injuries.
The plane, a Boeing 777, had just taken off from Denver International Airport en route to Honolulu, Hawaii when the engine failure occurred. At that point, the pilot redirected and headed back to DIA.
United Airlines Boeing 777 operating as flight 328 flying from Denver - Honolulu suffered a serious engine failure on takeoff.— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) February 20, 2021
It made an emergency landing and everyone is ok.
Check out these pieces of the engine falling from the sky...pic.twitter.com/1IyBj6Nlf2
"Given the number of people who are at Commons Park on a weekend day, we are beyond grateful that no one was injured," Broomfield Police tweeted on Saturday.
Got rained on with debris in Broomfield from the United Flight 328 at my house. Probably 40 pieces in my yard and on my roof. pic.twitter.com/GHZrgNYgrm— Chris Nielson (@TheChrisNielson) February 20, 2021
Listen to the 911 calls here:
The passengers cheered when the plane landed safely back at DIA:
While initially, the Broomfield Police department asked for people to call in and report any pieces of the engine that they came across, they've since amended their request:
"Our communications center and patrol officers have been inundated with calls this afternoon. We are asking the community to only contact us now if they find a large piece of the plane. We appreciate all of the help we have received so far," Broomfield Police tweeted on Sunday.
The incident happened while the flight was still able to land safely and not over the Pacific Ocean. Kudos to the pilot for handling the situation calmly and professionally!
Were you on the flight or a resident of Broomfield? Share your thoughts in the comments.