A plane suffering engine failure dropped debris in people’s yards as it flew over Colorado, then landed safely

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In this photo provided by the Broomfield Police Department on Twitter, debris is scattered in the front yard of a house at near 13th and Elmwood, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, in Broomfield, Colo. Broomfield Police Department via Associated Press
  • A United Airlines flight dropped debris over Broomfield, Colorado, on Saturday.
  • The flight suffered engine failure after takeoff, and returned to the Denver airport safely.
  • No injuries on the ground or on the plane were reported.
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A plane suffering engine failure as it flew over Colorado dropped debris across several neighborhoods and narrowly missed a house on Saturday afternoon.

The Broomfield Police Department tweeted a number of images of large, jagged pieces of metal that fell from the sky. One photo showed a massive, circular piece from the plane’s engine atop a home’s doorstep.

—Broomfield Police (@BroomfieldPD) February 20, 2021


Remarkably, no injuries or deaths were immediately reported. The police department said it issued a Code Red to about 1,400 residents in nearby neighborhoods asking them to look out for debris on their property and report it to authorities.

Police also warned residents not to touch or move any debris.

The plane, carrying 231 passengers and 10 crew, landed safely after returning to the Denver International Airport, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.

United Airlines Flight 328 had just taken off from the Denver airport, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii, when it experienced a right-engine failure after takeoff, the FAA said.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.