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Airplane engine catches fire over Colorado, drops parts in residential areas

Posted at 3:18 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 23:12:12-05

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A jet engine turbine caught fire on a plane shortly after it left the Denver International Airport Saturday afternoon.

United Flight 328 was flying from Denver to Honolulu when it experienced a right-engine failure shortly after takeoff, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

According to, the plane took off at 12:49 p.m., then turned around and landed back in Denver at 1:29.

The Boeing 777 landed safely, and there were no injuries reported. There were 231 passengers and 10 crew members on board.

A family member of a passenger posted this video on Twitter:

In the process, debris fell off the plane — most appearing to be from the engine itself or the wing. Pieces landed in the town of Broomfield, located between Denver and Boulder.

Witnesses heard a loud explosion, then saw smoke and falling debris in the sky. Broomfield Police say there are no reports of injuries on the ground at this time.

Police say the National Tranpsortation Safety Board is investigating, and they told residents to not touch or move any debris they find due to the investigation.