An engine failure on a United Airlines flight from Colorado to Hawaii that rained aircraft parts over suburban Denver on Saturday has thrust the Boeing 777, aircraft engine types and fan blades into the spotlight.
The plane returned to Denver safely, and there were no injuries reported among the 231 passengers and 10 crew members or Colorado residents, but images from the incident and passenger reports have shaken travelers and left them with countless questions about one of the airline industry’s go-to wide-body jets for Europe and Hawaii flights.
Video taken from inside the plane and posted to social media shows the right engine on fire and part of the engine cover missing. The piece landed in a yard in Broomfield, Colorado.
“The plane started shaking violently, and we lost altitude, and we started going down,” David Delucia, who was sitting directly across the aisle from the side with the failed engine, told The Associated Press. “When it initially happened, I thought we were done. I thought we were going down.”
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