United 328 Loses an Engine, Miraculously Lands Safely in Denver
Chalk this one up to “not something you see every day.” United 328 from Denver to Honolulu had an engine blow out, raining debris down on the houses around the airport today. Luckily, no one on the ground and no one in the plane was hurt.
The Boeing 777 was well over 25 years old and one of the oldest 777 in service to date. The pilots did a masterful job of landing the plane safely while keeping their calm through the entire process.
The photos and videos, however, show a terrifying situation that could have ended much differently.
Twitter Tells the Story of UAL 328
JUST IN: Denver International Airport officials tell us United Airlines Flight 328 bound for Honolulu returned to the airport after an engine problem. Neighbors heard a loud boom, took these photos of what look like Boeing 777 engine nacelle in their yards. pic.twitter.com/mklpz3VG4F
— Pete Muntean (@petemuntean) February 20, 2021
Check out this video of the moment when the engine actually exploded from the dash cam of a driver nearby.
— SkyFox720 🌊🌊🌊 (@SkyFox720) February 20, 2021
And this video of the parts falling out of the sky. Unreal.
United Airlines Boeing 777 operating as flight 328 flying from Denver – Honolulu suffered a serious engine failure on takeoff.
It made an emergency landing and everyone is ok.
Check out these pieces of the engine falling from the sky…pic.twitter.com/1IyBj6Nlf2
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) February 20, 2021
Now, just imagine that you’re looking out of your window on the flight and you see THIS…
— michaela🦋 (@michaelagiulia) February 20, 2021
It’s important to note that air travel is still one of, if not THE safest way to travel in the world. These planes are well maintained and the pilots who fly them undergo hundreds of hours of training to handle situations like this.
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(featured image from Twitter @ChadSchnell)