Plane Loses Part in Flight; Lands Safely in Colorado

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Adam Bear, Staff Writer

On February 20th, a Boeing 777-200 plane dropped debris in Broomfield, Colorado, located about 15 miles away from Denver. The plane’s right engine failed shortly after takeoff but landed safely at Denver Airport. The flight was United Airlines flight 238. There were 231 passengers and ten crew onboard the flight, which was on track to Honolulu. All deplaned and were transported back to the terminal.

Around 1 P.M. local time, local police began hearing reports from Broomfield residents about a large explosion, which they thought was a plane falling from the sky. Debris fell in many areas in Broomfield, but it was the only area affected. According to the Broomfield Police department, no injuries have been reported, and property damage is still being assessed.
Broomfield Police Department Public Information Officer Rachel Welte said, “the fact that we are still not getting reports of any injuries is absolutely shocking at this point, it’s amazing.”

In a statement, United said, “there are no reported injuries on board, and we will share more information as it becomes available,” and that the flight was met by emergency crews after returning to Denver, “as a precaution.”

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the situation.