Here's a video of the flaming engine — from inside the plane.
As if we needed another reason not to travel right now, a United Airlines flight experienced catastrophic engine failure that resulted in airplane debris raining from the sky onto Denver suburbs on Saturday.
United Flight 328 was forced to land at the Denver International Airport shortly after taking off for Honolulu when the plane’s right engine failed, according to The Denver Post. No injuries were reported among the more than 240 crew and passengers.
One passenger inside the aircraft was able to capture horrifying footage of the broken engine — which seems to have been ripped straight from my nightmares.
— Chad Schnell (@ChadSchnell) February 20, 2021
Passengers in the plane and witnesses on the ground reported hearing a loud boom followed by a drastic drop in altitude shortly after takeoff.
“I can honestly say I thought we were going to die at one point — because we started dropping altitude right after the explosion,” David Delucia told The Denver Post. “I grabbed my wife’s hand and said, ‘We’re done.'”
Pieces of the engine fell from the sky landing on the ground in north Denver suburbs. The debris included a large ring from the engine, along with shards of the engine’s shell. Thankfully, nobody was hurt by the debris.
This photo was taken near 13th and Elmwood. Media stage in Commons Park on North side near dog park. PIO eta is 30 mins. pic.twitter.com/vfXlToB5mE
— Broomfield Police (@BroomfieldPD) February 20, 2021
The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation to see what caused the accident. Though they have yet to announce a definitive cause, some aviation experts believe that the failure occurred when the spinning discs inside of the engine suffered a failure and broke through the engine casing.
“That unbalanced disk has a lot of force in it, and it’s spinning at several thousand rotations per minute,” Captain John Cox, an aviation safety expert and retired pilot, told The Denver Post, “…and when you have that much centrifugal force, it has to go somewhere.”
In any case, it might be best if we all just avoid airline travel until the pandemic is over.
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