Debris from a plane fell on a neighbourhood in Denver, United States (Picture: Reuters/EPA)
Debris from a plane fell from the sky and narrowly missed a home after a jet’s engine exploded mid-flight over the United States.
Terrifying footage posted on Twitter by a woman who said she was the daughter of people aboard the flight showed the engine fully engulfed in flames as the plane continued to fly through the air.
Several people living in the Denver suburbs reported large pieces of metal falling from the sky, with pictures released by the local police department showing how close they came to people’s houses.
The plane landed safely and nobody aboard or on the ground was reported hurt, authorities said.
The Broomfield Police Department said on Twitter that the plane landed safely at Denver International Airport.
Photos posted by the police department showed large, circular pieces of debris leaning against a house in the suburb about 25 miles north of Denver.
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the Boeing 777-200 returned to the Denver International Airport after experiencing a right-engine failure shortly after takeoff. Flight 328 was flying from Denver to Honolulu when the incident occurred, the agency said.
United said in a separate statement that there were 231 passengers and 10 crew on board. The airline released no further details.
A large chunk of metal narrowly missed a house in the Denver suburbs (Picture: EPA)
Pictures posted by the local police department showed how close metal came to hitting a house (Picture: EPA)
People have been urged not to touch the debris (Picture: EPA)
No one was injured when the engine exploded (Picture: Reuters)
An investigation into what happened has begun (Picture: EPA)
Tyler Thal, who lives in the area, told The Associated Press that he was out for a walk with his family when he noticed a large commercial plane flying unusually low and took out his phone to film it.
‘While I was looking at it, I saw an explosion and then the cloud of smoke and some debris falling from it. 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,’ he said.
‘The plane just kind of continued on and we didn’t see it after that.’ Tyler was relieved to learn later that the plane had made a safe landing.
Broomfield Police urged anyone who finds debris not to touch it as it needs to remain in place as part of the investigation.
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