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Plane lands safely in Denver after engine catches fire, debris rains down

Andrew Trunsky, DCNF

Debris from a commercial jetliner fell onto homes in suburban Denver Saturday as the plane made an emergency landing, with one large piece barely missing a house.

The United Airlines jet landed safely, and authorities said that no injuries were suffered on board or on the ground.

In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration said that the Honolulu-bound Boeing 777-200 jet returned to Denver after the right engine failed shortly after takeoff. United said in a separate statement that there were 231 passengers and 10 crew on board, adding that they had all been deplaned and that an investigation into the incident was taking place.

“While I was looking at [the plane], I saw an explosion and then the cloud of smoke and some debris falling from it,” Tyler Thal, a local resident, told the Associated Press. “It was just like a speck in the sky and as I’m watching that, I’m telling my family what I just saw and then we heard the explosion. The plane continued on and we didn’t see it after that,” he said, adding that he had begun to film the plane after seeing it flying unusually low.

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