Others closed the windows and grabbed their loved ones to pray. In the suburbs of Denver, thousands of feet underground, people ran to avoid debris that suddenly fell to the ground.
The pilot made a call from Mayday and after returning to the airport, the plane landed safely. It is worth noting that there are no reports of any injuries in the air or on the ground. Nevertheless, interviews with passengers still show that this incident has caused great panic for all relevant personnel. This is how the people in the air and below react in these tense moments.
Passenger Travis Loock of Flight 328 told CNN that he heard the roar about 20 minutes after taking off from Honolulu.
“Aircraft is developing rapidly. When you are on an airplane, you don’t want to hear this kind of sound.” Loock, who was flying with his wife, said by phone. “Then I immediately covered the shadows. I was scared to see the engine on my side disappeared.”
He said: “We are glad that we did not cross the ocean because that is where we are going.”
Locke said he could feel the fear on the plane, but everyone was “very calm.”
He said: “Many people can’t see the side of the engine, yes, so I’m a little scared, because I can see it, I know it’s wrong.”
When Bob Brown heard the explosion, he looked out the window, saw the damage to the engine, and took out his phone to take a picture of it.
He told KCNC: “We and my wife looked at each other and held hands, just wishing our children would see them again.”
Wiener said the professionalism of the crew calmed them down, but he said he was still worried.
He said: “There was no panic among the crew, no panic among the passengers.” “I just worry about my children because they are not with us, so they are not studying at school. This is our first vacation in 21 years.
Dan Smith of Portland, Maine told KCNC: “At first, I thought it was really scary, but I think people are doing a good job of calming the situation.”
Danielle Thomas, who lives in Honolulu, praised the crew’s behavior.
She told KCNC: “I think pilots have played a huge role in making everyone feel safe and comfortable.”
Troy Lewis said he was confident that they would return it safely.
When the plane landed safely, people cheered before leaving.
After returning safely to land, Locke said he relaxed his nerves and prepared for the next journey.
“We are drinking cocktails,” Locke said. “And, yes, we have to try again. We have to try again. This time the chance is great.”
He is not alone in wanting to continue his journey. Manchester United said in a statement that most passengers have already taken another Manchester United flight to Honolulu, and “those who do not wish to travel with us tonight have been given hotel accommodation.”
What did the people on the ground do
People in the air felt pressure to land, while those on the ground looked up and saw debris falling from the sky.
Clements said: “But once I open the door, I will go,’That’s the front engine of the plane’.”
Kieran Cain told CNN that they were playing with his children when the plane flew by and they heard a loud noise.
Cain told CNN: “We saw it passed, we heard a huge explosion, we raised our heads, and there was black smoke in the sky.”
He said: “The debris is starting to rain, you know, it looks like it is floating down, not very heavy, but in fact, looking at it now, there are huge metal fragments everywhere.”
He said: “What surprises me is that this kind of aircraft keeps moving forward without really changing its trajectory or doing anything.” “It just keeps moving forward, as if nothing happened.”
Cain said that he and his children took refuge in a pavilion near the playground, watching the wreckage fall for about two or three blocks.
He said, “So, then I went upstairs to let my wife and baby take a nap upstairs and let them come down to ensure their safety.”
Hollie Silverman of CNN contributed to this report.