video captures plane engine on fire


Video shows moment passengers broke out in applause for pilot who landed Boeing 777 safely

One video shows the engine rattling while it’s engulfed in flames.


Alexandra Samuels


Published Feb 21, 2021

Videos and photos captured a United Airlines flight flying through the sky with one of its engines on fire before the plane landed safely at a Denver airport. 

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The Boeing 777-200, originally headed to Honolulu, was carrying 231 passengers and 10 crew members. None were injured on the flight, nor was anyone on the ground below, authorities said

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The dramatic-looking engine failure was captured vividly on camera. Passengers shared photos and videos of what looks like a significant engine failure, with flames, damage, and smoke.
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The plane dropped debris throughout several Colorado neighborhoods, including a piece that narrowly missed someone’s home. One video shows the engine rattling while it’s engulfed in flames. 

Another video from a driver’s dashboard camera shows the moment the engine exploded in the sky, leaving behind a cloud of black smoke. 

Once the plane landed, more photos captured charred remains of the engine. Passengers were heard cheering and clapping as the plane touched down. 

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In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration said that the flight experienced a right engine failure after takeoff. Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

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*First Published: Feb 21, 2021, 10:57 am CST