United Airlines’ flight to Honolulu suffered an engine failure on Saturday shortly after departure from Denver International Airport and loose debris before returning safely to the airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
United said in a statement that no injuries were reported on flight 328, which had 231 passengers and 10 crew members on board.
Police in Broomfield, Colorado, released photos of parts of the wreckage of a Boeing 777-200 near houses and other buildings, but there were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground.
The FAA said the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) would investigate.
The pictures published by the police show large pieces of waste, including the engine housing from the plane scattered in front of the house and on the field with the lawn. A video on social networks showed a cloud of black smoke leaving the plane.
“Something broke,” one could hear the man saying.
“If you find trash, PLEASE don’t touch or move it,” Broomfield police said on Twitter. “The NTSB wants all the waste to remain in the investigation site.”
Broomfield is a suburb about 40 miles north of Denver. Tyler Thal, who lives in the area, told the Associated Press that he was going for a walk with his family when he noticed a large commercial plane flying unusually low and took out his phone to record it.
“While I was watching him, I saw an explosion, and then a cloud of smoke and some debris falling from it,” he said in a telephone interview.
“It was like a speck in the sky and while I was watching it, I was telling my family what I had just seen and then we heard the explosion. The plane just continued on, and after that we didn’t see it. “
Thalu was relieved when he later learned that the plane had landed safely.