After experiencing an engine issue and falling debris into the Denver suburbs, a United Airlines flight bound for Honolulu was forced to turn around.
On Saturday local time, the Boeing 777-200 returned safely to Denver International Airport about 1.30pm, the spokesperson said.
That was around 20 minutes after police in Broomfield, Colorado, said they had received reports via Twitter that an airplane flying over the suburb of Denver had engine problems and had “dropped debris in several neighbourhoods around 1:08pm.”
There were no confirmed injuries at this time,”No injuries reported at this time,”
In Commons Park and the Northmoor and Red Leaf communities of Broomfield, additional police tweets said debris landed. The city is approximately 40 km north of Denver and 15 km east of the International Airport of Denver.
The two accidents are yet to be definitively related by the US authorities, but the Federal Aviation Administration stated in a statement that a Boeing 777-200 returned safely to Denver International Airport after “experiencing a right-engine failure shortly after takeoff.”
The statement said, “The FAA is aware of reports of debris in the vicinity of the airplane’s flight path,” For extra detail, CNN has reached out to United Airlines.
Broomfield police warned residents if they see it in their yard not to approach or move airplane debris.
When a plane flew over and they heard a loud boom, Kieran Cain told CNN he was playing with his kids at a nearby school.
Mr. Cain told CNN, “We saw it go over, we heard the big explosion, we looked up, there was black smoke in the sky,”
“Debris started raining down, which you know, sort of looked like it was floating down and not very heavy, but actually now looking at it, It’s giant metal pieces all over the place,” he said, “I was surprised that the plane sort of continued on uninterrupted, without really altering its trajectory or doing anything,” he said.
“It just kind of kept going the way it was going as if nothing happened.”
Mr. Cain said that, when the debris dropped, he and his children took cover under an overhang.