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Updated February 22, 2021, 8:21 am
- In the USA, aircraft parts fell to the ground after an engine failure.
- Something similar happened in the Netherlands, where two people were injured by debris.
Large debris from an aircraft fell into residential areas not far from the US city of Denver in the state of Colorado after an engine failed. The Boeing 777 landed safely at Denver International Airport on Saturday afternoon (local time) with more than 240 people on board.
The re were initially no reports of injuries – neither on board nor on the ground. “I am honestly shocked,” said Broomfield police spokeswoman Rachel Welte.
It is “astonishing” that, according to initial findings, nobody was injured by debris in the place. According to the Maastricht police, two people were injured in a similar incident in the Netherlands.
Reason for engine failure still unclear
The 231 passengers and ten crew members were en route to the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu.
The incident is being investigated, the FAA said. United Airlines announced in the evening that the majority of passengers were on another flight to Hawaii.
A large piece of debris fell into 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 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.”
Eyewitness reports: “It rained rubble”
He was sitting with his wife in the living room and reading the newspaper when there was a loud bang, Kirby Klements told the Denver Post. At first he thought that it was part of a trampoline.
When he went out, he immediately recognized that part of an airplane’s engine had landed in his front yard. “It rained a lot of debris from the sky,” said Klements.
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.
The re were also videos that showed a burning engine.
The news channel CNN played a recording of the dramatic moment in which the pilot of the plane released the distress signal “Mayday”.
Two people injured by parts of the aircraft in Maastricht
The re were similar reports from the Netherlands on the same day. According to the Maastricht police, 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 plane later landed in Liège, Belgium.
The re was no evidence that the events in the Netherlands and the United States were related. (dpa / mt / thp)
On Saturday there were the worst clashes to date during protests against the military coup. At least one person was killed and many injured.
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