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.
— michaela🦋 (@michaelagiulia) February 20, 2021
— Tamas K-L (@tamaskls) February 20, 2021
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.
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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.