A United Airlines flight experienced a dramatic-looking engine failure just after takeoff from Denver International Airport on Saturday afternoon.UA328, originally headed to Honolulu, quickly circled back to the airport and made a safe landing after the pilots calmly made a “mayday” call to air traffic control. There were no injuries among the 231 passengers and 10 airline staff on board, according to the FAA.
Since 2021, the incident was thoroughly captured with both photos and video. Passengers shared a video of what looks to be a significant right engine failure, with visible damage, flames, and trailing smoke in the United Airlines flight.
Photographer Hayden Smith snapped a series of images of the Boeing 777-200 plane that offers a closer look at the damaged engine from the ground and posted them to Dropbox not long after the plane safely landed.
Local authorities are investigating and say that so far there have been no injuries related to the shed debris. The plane’s engine cowling is visible in some of the images shared across social media. Nearby residents are being asked to check their property for any pieces of the engine.
As is usual in these circumstances, the FAA and NTSB will investigate what went wrong with UA328’s engine. But the incident is another reminder of just how resilient airplanes are designed to be and now anytime there’s an incident of this magnitude in modern times, it’s going to be captured extensively from nearly every angle within minutes.