A United flight bound for Hawaii experienced engine failure shortly after taking off from Denver International Airport, scattering debris outside the Colorado city before landing safely back at the airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the Boeing 777-200 lost the use of its right engine shortly after takeoff.
Passengers en route to Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport instead deplaned on the runway in Denver and were bussed back to the terminal; 231 travelers were aboard, alongside 10 crew members.
“Big thanks to the pilot and crew for safely landing the aircraft,” a spokesperson for Denver International Airport said in a tweet, noting that no one on board has been reported injured.
Local police said that pieces of the aircraft landed in at least three different areas around Broomfield, Colorado, including scattered across a park and perilously close to some suburban homes. No injuries have been reported on the ground.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the situation, the FAA said.
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