UNITED 328 Engine Failure! WHAT CHECKLISTS did the pilots use? Clarified by CAPTAIN JOE

On the 20th of February 2021, a United Boeing 777-200, registration N772UA performing flight UA-328 from Denver,CO to Honolulu,HI (USA) with 231 passengers and 10 crew, was in the initial climb out of Denver’s runway 25 when the right hand engine’s (PW4077) inlet separated related with the failure of the engine. The crew announced Mayday reporting an engine failure. The aircraft stopped the climb at approximately 13000 feet, the crew asked to go back to Denver after running the checklists. ATC offered any runway, they would make it happen. The aircraft returned to Denver for a safe landing on runway 26 about 23 minutes after departure. The aircraft stopped on the runway for a check by emergency services. Emergency services advised of an active fire within the right hand engine and extinguished the fire a few minutes later. The aircraft was subsequently towed off the runway to a remote parking stand, where passengers disembarked and were bussed to the terminal. There were no injuries.

The engine inlet fell into the neighbourhood of Broomfield,CO, located about 16nm west of Denver near 13th and Elmwood Street, the debris also struck through the roof of an adjacent house.

Broomfield police reported that although debris impacted the neighbourhood and damaged a number of homes, there were no injuries on the ground. The debris field expands over a nautical mile.

Ground observers reported hearing the sound of an explosion like bang, smoke and saw the debris falling down. The aircraft continued flying.

Watch the video to learn more about what happened!

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  1. If I saw metal debris falling from the sky I’d get my freaking kids out do the way!! Did you’d see that!? 😂

  2. Wow I am sure the passengers on that plane where probably freaking out more than the crew. The crew did a great job 👏🏾

  3. That was a great explanation of what happened and how to react to it.

  4. Who is the pilot? Big Respect!

  5. This is true teamwork at its best, pilot and atc working as one. Brilliant to see.

  6. Super well explaination

  7. Ray Mak??

  8. The ‘souls on board’ question is so annoying, i’ve never heard it answered without stressing the pilots…. if i were a pilot, i would just answer “many souls, lets move on”

  9. I am back here after seeing the comments on my local news organization’s Facebook post. Just like you, I hope to educate people and make them aware of the rigorous safety protocols that are in the industry. I shared your video as much as possible and I hope people come here to learn about the professionalism and consideration the industry as a whole has regarding fare paying passenger’s safety

  10. I can’t imagine what would have happened if the plane lost the engine while flying over the Pacific! Good thing it happened near the airport.

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