The pilot of a United Airlines commercial jet called “mayday, mayday” as the plane’s right engine failed shortly after takeoff from Denver International Airport, new audio from the incident shows.
“328, uh, heavy. We’ve experienced engine failure, need to turn. Mayday, mayday. United, uh, 28, United 328, heavy. Mayday, mayday, aircraft, uh …” the pilot said in a brief audio recording obtained from LiveATC Audio Archive.
The United Airlines flight was departing the Colorado airport Saturday afternoon to fly to Hawaii but turned around after it reported an engine malfunction. Pilots landed the plane safely, and no injuries have been reported from passengers or those in the debris path on the ground, according to local authorities.
The Denver air traffic control tower replied, “Yes, 328 heavy, say again. Read all that again,” later in the audio recording.
“Denver, uh, departure. United 328, heavy,” the pilot said. “Mayday, aircraft, uh, just experienced engine failure, need a turn immediately.”
Following the call, the plane landed safely back at the airport while police on the ground rushed to assess 911 calls and reports of debris landing near Broomfield, which is approximately 20 miles north of downtown Denver.
Debris landed on the rooftops of some houses, though the homes affected were either vacant at the time or did not have people inside who were harmed by the falling engine parts. One home saw a circular metal panel fall right outside on its front lawn, though no damage or injuries were reported from the debris.
The Federal Aviation Administration released a statement confirming “right engine failure” shortly after takeoff and said the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident further. The cause of the engine’s failure was not immediately clear.
The Washington Examiner contacted the FAA for additional information on the investigation but did not immediately receive a response.