Plane with engine failure drops debris over US city

Sunday, February 21
Michael Hennessey and Agencies

A plane in the USA made a safe emergency landing Saturday after experiencing engine failure shortly after takeoff.

Large pieces of debris fell from the plane and onto a residential neighborhood in the US state of Colorado, damaging property and sparking a federal investigation into what went wrong.

United flight 328, carrying 231 passengers and 10 crew members, was scheduled to fly from Denver to Honolulu.

It took off around 12 p.m. but was forced to return to Denver International Airport after takeoff, the airline said in a statement. None of the passengers or employees were injured.

"A Boeing 777-200 operated by United Airlines returned to Denver International Airport and landed safely Saturday after experiencing a right-engine failure shortly after takeoff," the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement. 

"The passengers deplaned on Runway 26-Right and were bused to the terminal," the FAA added.

Police in the city of Broomfield, located about 16 miles north of Denver, said there were reports of metal debris falling from the plane.

Debris was scattered across three different neighborhoods which caused damage to homes and vehicles. Police said no one on the ground was hurt.