The aircraft landed safely at Denver International Airport; No injuries have been reported on the ground
According to new audio, the pilot of a United Airlines commercial jet called “May, noon” as the aircraft experienced engine failure immediately after takeoff from Denver International Airport on Saturday.
The Boeing 777 was on its way from Denver to Honolulu with 231 passengers and 10 crew when its right engine failed and spread to flames. The aircraft rapidly lost altitude and dropped huge pieces of engine cover and fiber glass in the neighborhood below.
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“328, uh, heavy. We’ve experienced engine failure. Need to bend. May day, May day. United, uh, 28, United’s 328, heavy. May day, day, plane, uh … ”The pilot says in a 35. -Second audio recording Received by the Denver Post.
Denver Tower replies: “Yes, 328 heavy, say it again, read all that again.”
“Denver, uh, departure. United 328, Heavy,” Flight 328 pilot says. “Mayday, the plane, uh, just experienced engine failure, needs a turn right away.”
The aircraft returned safely to the airport and there were no injuries at the location where the wreckage rained.
The majority of the wreckage occurred in Commons Park and in the Northmore and Red Leaf neighborhoods of Broomfield, about 20 miles north of downtown Denver.
Tyler Thal, who lives in the area, told the Associated Press that he was going out with his family when he saw a large commercial aircraft flying abnormally low and took out his phone to film it.
“While I was watching it, I saw an explosion and then a cloud of smoke and some debris falling from it,” he told the outlet in a phone interview. “It was like a spec in the sky, and as I watch, I’m telling my family what I just saw and then we heard the explosion. The plane continued on the bus, and we didn’t see. After this. “
It was not immediately clear what caused the engine number 2 malfunction in the aircraft.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident and has asked extortionists not to touch the wreckage when aircraft pieces were found in their neighborhood.
Granthshala News’ Paul Best contributed to this report.