Pieces Of Engine Fell On A Denver Town As United Airlines Hawaii Flight Makes Emergency Landing

United Airlines flight UA328 from Denver to Honolulu had just taken off when the Boeing 777’s right hand engine inlet separated.

The plane, with 231 passengers and 10 crewmembers on board, stopped climbing around 13,000 feet and turned around, landing back at Denver 23 minutes after takeoff. It would have been a very long 23 minutes for passengers on board.

Parts from the engine fell down in a neighborhood around 17 miles west of Denver around Broomfield, Colorado. There were reports of a bang and smoke.

Events like this happen from time to time. Here’s another United Airlines flight to Hawaii which experienced something similar. Most often things wind up alright, though Southwest Airlines 1380 looms large.

(HT: @gobears99)

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  1. Yay, I’m sure that this will become another massive hate fest against Boeing despite the fact that Boeing does not make or maintain the engines on any of their aircraft.

  2. The passengers and crew on this flight were very lucky that the flight just left Denver. If the engine exploded while it was in the middle of the ocean, I don’t know if the captain could make it to HNL or back to SFO with one engine left. God Bless USA and our citizens.

  3. I think it’s remarkable that something this terrible and usual can happen to a fully-loaded aircraft and no one gets hurt. Flying is pretty darn safe.

  4. @T

    Presumably, hopefully, they would have been able to make it to SFO or HNL. The ETOPS certification is about the ability of the airport to make it to a diversion airport on one engine.

  5. Monday’s flight from Denver to OGG is with a PS configured 757-200, the flight to HNL is on an international Polaris configured 777-200, but not with Premium Economy. On the 777-200, it’s 7 rows of 4, instead of 4 rows of 8, so a loss of 4 first class seats.

    It looks like the ORD nonstops no longer exist. SFO has a 18×4 Polaris configuration 777-200, while IAH-HNL is on a Polaris 767-300. The last one is the only one which as appears to have space in the front. This has definitely put a crimp in UA’s typical Hawaii flights, which are typically on the now-grounded P&W powered 777-200. The GE engines are still flying

  6. United pushed back maintenance, did that contribute?

    Gerald Laderman United’s CFO, at the last month’s annual earnings call:

    “For example, as I mentioned earlier, the airframe heavy maintenance and engine overhaul work we postponed last year now has to be done to ensure that we can ramp up the schedule as demand returns.”

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