Fun fact. Back in 1998, I was flying down to Florida for a cruise, and I had a connection in Atlanta. I had a window seat just behind the wing. The pilot goes to start the engines, and BOOM, the engine just outside my window catches fire! Thankfully, we were still on the ground, and they simply moved us to a different plane, and we were back on our way.
Not so for the passengers on United Airlines flight 328, who were flying from Denver to Honolulu aboard a Boeing 777, when roughly 40 minutes into the flight the plane began experiencing “engine issues”. And when I say issues, I mean that its right engine failed spectacularly, causing flames to shoot out from the engine, and significant chunks of engine debris falling to the ground in Broomfield, Colorado.
Some quick witted people grabbed their cell phone and captured some truly remarkable footage, both from the plane and from the ground:
VIDEO: United Boeing 777 #UA328 engine failure moments after departure from Denver Int'l Airport on Feb 20, 2021. Aircraft landed safely. 231 passengers; 10 crew; 0 injuries. Job well done by the crew pic.twitter.com/LcJpGgwDdz
— AeroSkippah (@AeroSkippah) February 21, 2021
— Tamas (@tamaskls) February 20, 2021
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
— Robert Garrison (@robg970) February 20, 2021
Thankfully, the plane was able to head back and land safely at Denver International Airport, and there were no reported injuries either in the air or on the ground. Still, if I experienced something like that, I don’t know that I’d want to get back on a plane anytime soon.