The re were initially no reports of injuries, either on board or on the ground. “I am honestly shocked,” said Broomfield police spokeswoman Rachel Welte. A similar incident occurred earlier in the Netherlands.
Engine failure on Boeing 777
It was “astonishing” that, according to initial findings, no one was injured by debris in the place, said the US police spokeswoman. According to the US aviation authority FAA, the right engine of the United Airlines Boeing 777 failed shortly after take-off.
The incident is being investigated, the FAA said.
Fragments fall to the ground
A large piece of debris fell in the front yard of a house, other parts of the aircraft landed on a sports field. Police spokeswoman Welte reported that the people were particularly startled by the noise. “A lot of people have said they heard this really loud explosion that scared a lot of people and then they saw what they thought was an airplane that fell from the sky, but it was debris.”
“Gigantic” cloud of smoke
It sounded like the sound barrier had been breached, eyewitness Kieran Cain told CNN. Everyone looked up. A “gigantic” cloud of black smoke could be seen in the sky and immediately afterwards the falling parts of the aircraft. “Virtually a shiver of pieces falling from the sky,” said Cain.
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The news channel CNN played a recording of the dramatic moment in which the pilot of the plane released the distress signal “Mayday”.
Similar incident in the Netherlands
The re were similar reports from the Netherlands on the same day. According to the police in Maastricht, two people were injured there by falling parts of the plane. An elderly woman was hit in the head and had to be hospitalized. A child was also reportedly slightly injured and burned when trying to pick up debris from the floor.
The re was no evidence that the events in the Netherlands and the United States were related.
(Quelle: What / Dpa)