United Airlines Boeing 777 Engine Fire During Departure from DIA; Debris Falls Over Broomfield, Colorado

Boeing 777 engine debris in yard in Broomfield, Colorado (SOURCE: Broomfield Police Department)
Boeing 777 engine debris in yard in Broomfield, Colorado (SOURCE: Broomfield Police Department).

According to Broomfield Police Department in Colorado, an aircraft flying over Broomfield had engine trouble and dropped debris in several neighborhoods around 1:08 p.m. Saturday, February 20, 2021. No injuries on the ground were initially reported. The aircraft landed safely at Denver International Airport.

Some of the debris landed in Commons Park and in the Northmoor and Red Leaf neighborhoods in Broomfield. Broomfield patrol officers are working to locate all of the debris.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) dispatched a team to take over the investigation. The Broomfield Police Department is asking residents not to touch or move any debris and report to dispatch at 303.438.6400 ASAP.

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A United Flight 328 (Boeing 777) was departing from Denver to Honolulu when the 2-engine wide-body jet experienced a right-engine failure shortly after takeoff, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The flight returned to Denver International Airport (DIA) and landed safely. Passengers deplaned on Runway 26R and were transported by bus to the terminal, the FAA said.

Boeing 777 engine debris in yard in Broomfield, Colorado (SOURCE: Broomfield Police Department)
Boeing 777 engine debris in yard in Broomfield, Colorado (SOURCE: Broomfield Police Department).

Broomfield is located within about 16 miles northwest of Denver International Airport. After the engine trouble, westbound Flight 328 turned south over the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, then southeast over Denver, Aurora and circled around the airport for an approach from the east — from about as far east as Strasburg.

The aircraft was climbing from about 9,000 feet to 13,000 feet in the area of Broomfield, and was in descent following the turn back to Denver International Airport. The aircraft’s altitude over Denver and Aurora was about 9,000 feet.

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