Pieces of a passenger airplane fell from the sky Saturday over a Denver area neighborhood and community park as it made an emergency landing back to Denver International Airport.
Broomfield Police tweeted photos of the debris in the front yards of homes at about 2 p.m. Police are directing residents who have debris in their yard or near their home to call dispatch at 303.438.6405 to report it as soon as possible. Officials are pleading with the public to not move or touch any of the aircraft debris in order to preserve it for an investigation.
This photo was taken near 13th and Elmwood. Media stage in Commons Park on North side near dog park. PIO eta is 30 mins. pic.twitter.com/vfXlToB5mE— Broomfield Police (@BroomfieldPD) February 20, 2021
Additional debris scattered across turf field at Commons Park. Please avoid the area if possible. pic.twitter.com/tmos5HBVwV— Broomfield Police (@BroomfieldPD) February 20, 2021
Police said the plane was flying over Broomfield Saturday afternoon when it experienced "engine trouble" while videos posted to Twitter show one of the engines caught fire.
Denver Gazette reporter David Mullen reports more than 200 passengers were on the United Airlines flight #328, a Boeing 777, from Denver to Honolulu. No injuries were reported.
Broomfield police said three locations throughout Broomfield, including a community park, had debris from the aircraft.
#BREAKING A #DIA spokesperson just told me that pilots of United Airlines flight 328 from Denver to Honolulu reported shortly after take off that they were experiencing engine complications. Returned to DIA @ 1:30 with over 200 passengers uninjured.— David Mullen (@mullen_david) February 20, 2021
A 9News reporter in Denver posted a video to Twitter of the passenger airplane successfully landing at Denver International Airport:
United flight 328 departed from DEN this afternoon and returned shortly after with a reported engine issue. The aircraft has landed safely and no injuries have been reported. Big thanks to the pilot and crew for safely landing the aircraft.— Denver Int'l Airport (@DENAirport) February 20, 2021
Broomfield is a city about 18 miles northwest of Denver.