The pilot of United Airlines Flight 328 called “Mayday” many times because one of his engines exploded, causing debris in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado to pour down.
“We encountered an engine failure and needed to turn. Mayday, Mayday. According to an air traffic control call obtained by the Denver Post, the pilot broadcasted from Denver International Airport shortly after takeoff on Saturday.
“United Airlines 328, it may be Mayday, it may be Mayday, the plane, uh…” The pilot repeated it before the air traffic control began, and asked him to repeat his emergency call.
The pilot warned: “United Airlines 328, which may be a heavy aircraft, has just experienced an engine failure and needs to turn immediately.”
The call was received because his engine was completely engulfed by the flames above Colorado and was attracted by the shocking video, which quickly spread online.
Other footage showed debris falling from the sky, filled with black smoke-a huge engine block fell on the outskirts of Denver in Bloomfield.
The police in the town said: “Given the number of people in Commons Park one day over the weekend, we are very grateful that no one was injured.”
One follower replied: “It is incredible that no one was injured or killed when a plane fell from the sky in a crowded residential area.”
The debris about 15 feet in diameter crushed the bed of the truck outside Kirby Klements’s house, and other small pieces fell in his garden.
He told the Associated Press: “If the difference is 10 feet, it will fall on the top of the house.” “If someone is in the truck, they will die.”
Authorities said that despite the dramatic incident, the plane to Hawaii landed safely at Denver International Airport, and no one was injured on board or on the ground.
“When it first happened, I thought we were done. I thought we were going to descend,” Delucia said, and he stuffed his wallet in his pocket so that the plane came down so that he could be easily identified.
“The pilot did a great job,” De Lucia said.
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the right engine malfunctioned shortly after takeoff.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. The authorities have not yet released any detailed information about what may have caused the malfunction.