A Boeing 777-200 operated by United Airlines was headed to Honolulu on Saturday when the unthinkable happened; one of its engines exploded mid-flight.
The explosion was captured in multiple dramatic photos and videos from on-board the aircraft as well as from folks on the ground.
JUST IN: Denver International Airport officials tell us United Airlines Flight 328 bound for Honolulu returned to t… https://t.co/l73j2DYwIy— Pete Muntean (@Pete Muntean) 1613855466.0
🎞️VIDEO OF ENGINE EXPLOSION From the Dash Cam of Zach Allen In Broomfield: https://t.co/6Syowuy9yI https://t.co/SVqE55TlPN— Ryan Greene 📷 (@Ryan Greene 📷) 1613856808.0
Debris from the engine was scattered over multiple locations in Colorado, and miraculously, no one was hurt. The aircraft was quickly diverted to make an emergency landing in Denver. When the aircraft landed safely, the passengers burst into applause.
People were shocked at how lucky those on the ground and in the air were.
@petemuntean Home owners and flight so lucky. Thank god, all safe.— Marina J. Fleming (@Marina J. Fleming) 1613855888.0
@eeekabee @hoogsypoogsy @petemuntean It's absolutely amazing it didn't hurt anyone as well. Thank goodness.— Marina J. Fleming (@Marina J. Fleming) 1613857584.0
Others couldn't imagine what it must have been like for those on board.
@michaelagiulia @united Wow. What footage. Glad everyone is ok.— stretchdogg🍍🌊 ⚖️🇺🇸 (@stretchdogg🍍🌊 ⚖️🇺🇸) 1613857271.0
@michaelagiulia @RexChapman @united https://t.co/mdcgNcMVv2— ɹɐɯo (@ɹɐɯo) 1613857427.0
@michaelagiulia @united Passengers seeing this be like... https://t.co/hGkostA8sU— BTS (@BTS) 1613857471.0
@RyanCBS4 could you imagine being on that plane? I think I’d pass out— George Stoia III (@George Stoia III) 1613856912.0
And most expressed their gratitude for the entire team that made the safe landing possible.
@michaelagiulia @united Thank GOD, they’re all safe. Thank the pilots TOO— Johnson from Wisconsin (@Johnson from Wisconsin) 1613857291.0
@michaelagiulia @RexChapman @united It's amazing how well built these things are, that even after a catastrophic fa… https://t.co/82brGT3dD0— Murky⛅ (@Murky⛅) 1613857389.0
@MurkyWanders @michaelagiulia @RexChapman @united Right. Thank the pilot. But also thank the engineers and regulato… https://t.co/kOn22iaJuZ— Autarkh (@Autarkh) 1613858185.0
@Autarkh @MurkyWanders @michaelagiulia @RexChapman @united Don't forget air traffic controllers near the area as th… https://t.co/iF0DXrgWU8— Wendy 🇨🇦 (@Wendy 🇨🇦) 1613858564.0
The FAA is investigating the incident.