United jet catches on fire at Denver airport

An engine on a United Airlines passenger jet caught on fire in Denver on Sunday, forcing passengers to evacuate.

Photos posted to social media showed the plane’s left engine burning as a pool of dripping liquid caught fire on the tarmac below.

Emergency vehicles rushed to the scene at Denver International Airport and a fire crew quickly put out the blaze. No one was hurt in the incident, according to a tweet from the airport’s account.

“Arriving SkyWest flight 5869 was reported on fire, all passengers evacuated safely with no injuries,” the tweet said. “Denver Fire is on scene assessing.”

The plane had travelled from nearby Aspen, Colorado, less than 200 miles away. It is unclear when the engine caught on fire, but one passenger said it wasn’t until after the plane had landed.

“All runways are now open as investigation into SkyWest fire continues. Other airport operations remain unaffected,” the airport said in another tweet.

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