Pieces fall off plane and fall in Denver suburbs

Pieces of a United Airlines plane fell Saturday in suburban Denver during an emergency landing after a catastrophic failure of one of its engines, the parts of which collapsed in a neighborhood where they narrowly hit a home.

The aircraft landed safely and no one on board or on the ground was injured, authorities said.

The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States (FAA for its acronym in English) said in a statement that the Boeing 777-200 was returning to Denver International Airport due to a failure in the right engine that occurred after takeoff. Flight 328 was heading from Denver to Honolulu at the time of the incident, according to the agency.

United Airlines said in a statement that 231 passengers and 10 crew members were on board. All passengers would be placed on a new flight to Hawaii, the airline said.

The Broomfield Police Department posted photos on Twitter of large, circular pieces that fell from the plane and were reloaded in a home in the suburb, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Denver. The police have asked that if anyone was injured, they let them know.

Passengers reported a terrifying experience that began shortly after the aircraft full of vacationers took off.

The plane had almost reached its cruising altitude and the captain was making an announcement over the intercom when a large explosion rocked the cockpit accompanied by a bright flash.

“The plane started to shake violently, we lost altitude and started to descend,” said David Delucia, who was sitting next to the aisle right on the side where the engine failed. “When it initially happened I thought it was all over. I thought we would crash. “

Delucia and his wife shoved their purses with their driver’s licenses in their pockets so that “if we crash they can identify us,” said Delucia, who continued to shake as she waited to catch another flight to Honolulu.