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Frightening video shows airplane engine on fire after pilot declares ‘MAYDAY’ just minutes into flight

A United Airlines flight bound for Honolulu was forced to make an emergency landing on Saturday after the Boeing 777-200 plane experienced a massive engine failure just minutes into flight.

Video of the exploded engine went viral on social media, as did pictures that showed pieces from that engine land in residential areas near Denver, Colorado.

What are the details?

Just minutes after departing Denver International Airport, the pilot of United Airlines flight 328 sent a distressed “MAYDAY” call over air traffic control communications to report “an engine failure,” and request an immediate return to the airport.

Video of the exploded right-wing engine, with missing pieces and on fire while still in the air, quickly went viral on social media.

RAW: United Flight 328 engine catches fire

Barbara Underwood, a Hawaii resident, told Hawaii News Now that she saw the moment the engine exploded.

“I looked out the window and I saw the engine,” she said. “I noticed it was just shaking a lot. And I thought, well, it’s the turbulence.”

“And then as I was looking at it, it just blew fire. And that ring thing around it just flew off and then it was just smoking. And I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t know what’s going to happen next,'” she explained.

Shockingly, Underwood said many passengers were unaware of what had happened.

“I was on the window on the right side, and nobody saw it except the people that were on the window and nobody screamed. And like I looked over and people were still reading their books. They kind of didn’t know what was going on,” Underwood told Hawaii News Now.

Pictures showing debris from that exploded jet engine also circulated on social media. The debris fell over Broomfield, a suburb of Denver.

Kieran Cain told NBC News he was playing basketball with his kids in Broomfield when he witnessed the debris rain from the sky.

“We heard a gigantic boom and, as we did that, we saw a huge puff of smoke and then stuff started falling out of the sky,” he said. “That’s when I called 911.”

Did the plane land safely?

Fortunately, the plane was able to land without further complications. The plane was carrying 231 passengers and 10 crew members.

There were no injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the incident, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

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Kobe Bryant’s pilot thought the helicopter was climbing as it crashed into a mountain: report

The pilot who was flying the helicopter during the crash that killed NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, may have been disoriented and appeared to have thought the helicopter was climbing right before it crashed into a mountain, The Hill reported.

A report from the National Transportation Safety Board shows the pilot, Ara Zobayan, may have lost his sense of direction as he tried to get out of heavy cloud cover. From The Hill:

“During the final descent the pilot, responding to [communications from air traffic control], stated that they were climbing to four thousand [feet],” the report reads.

“Calculated apparent angles at this time show that the pilot could have misperceived both pitch and roll angles,” it adds.

The documents also include photos and reconstructions of the crash scene, but NTSB officials warned that a final conclusion on the crash should not yet be drawn.

The analysis of the flight shows that the helicopter climbed to about 1,500 feet above the highway before initiating a left turn. Eight seconds into that turn, the helicopter began a sharp descent, which hit a rate of 4,000 feet per minute before radar contact with the aircraft was lost and it crashed.

Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, is suing the helicopter rental company Island Express and the owner of the helicopter for negligence in the death of her husband and daughter.

During the morning of the crash, there was heavy fog and cloud cover, which was severe enough to cause the Los Angeles Police Department to ground its helicopter. The helicopter the Bryants were on did not have terrain awareness or a warning system.

“Defendant Island Express Helicopters’ breach of its duty and negligence caused the injuries and damages complained of herein and Plaintiffs’ deceased, Kobe Bryant, was killed as a direct result of the negligent conduct of Zobayan for which Defendant Island Express Helicopters is vicariously liable in all respects,” the lawsuit claims.