Sunday 21 February 2021

United 328 declares "Mayday Mayday Mayday"

UNITED B777-222 N780UA (MSN 26944)

A United Airlines flight travelling from Denver International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN) to Honolulu-Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL) suffered a major engine failure in midair and was forced to make an emergency landing at Denver International Airport, while scattering debris across several neighborhoods. The shocking incident happened shortly after United Flight 328 took off from Denver forcing the crew to declare a mayday and perform an emergency landing with one of the engines on fire and large chunks of it missing. The Boeing 777-200 plane, which had 231 passengers and 10 crew on board, landed safely, with no injuries reported. Several passengers on board caught videos of the burning engine, and the moment the jet touched the ground, and to everyone's relief, they clapped and cheered. Meanwhile, multiple stunned witnesses on the ground reported hearing a loud bang and saw pieces of metal raining from the sky. Another witness apparently saw an explosion in the sky and saw a low flying jet with traces of black smoke coming from the engine. Local authorities urged residents not to touch any pieces they find, pending a probe by the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of the malfunction. The aircraft climbed to an altitude of 13,450 feet before leveling off and returning to the airport landing on runway 26 twenty five minutes later.

Aircraft Information
Airline: United
Code: UA / UAL
Aircraft: Boeing 777-222
Registration: N772UA
Serial Number: 26930
Engines: 2 x PW PW4077
First Flew: 19/11/1994
Age: 26.3 Yrs

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