Harrowing photo and video footage caught a United Airlines flight traveling with one of its engines on fire before the plane arrived safely at a Denver airport.
Before the engine blowout, the Boeing 777-200 was transporting 231 passengers plus ten crewmembers, headed toward Honolulu. Fortunately, no one was injured. Still, the videos and photos reveal a terrifying narrative none of the passengers or pilots will ever forget.
One video of the United flight, which made it to Reddit’s r/PublicFreakout page, shows the passengers cheering as the plane safely landed in Denver. Smoke and flames could be seen coming from the busted engine.
The plane also dropped wreckage onto several Colorado neighborhoods, including a section narrowly missing someone’s home.
One piece definitely found a way onto a family’s truck.
Another shows the engine immersed in flames.
Video from a dashboard camera shows the engine exploding, followed by a pall of black smoke.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced that the United flight experienced a right engine failure after takeoff. Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.
Unfortunately, this appears to potentially be a broader issue.
Al Jazeera Plus tweeted about a flight in Europe: “A Boeing 747 cargo plane’s engine exploded over the Netherlands. Falling debris wounded 2 people, but the plane landed safely. It follows a similar incident on a Boeing 777 in Colorado. Both planes use Pratt & Whitney engines. Boeing says all 777s with that engine were grounded.”
In the subsequent grounding of dozens of Boeing planes, the Washington-based manufacturer appears to be placing blame directly onto Pratt & Whitney.