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Watch United Airlines Engine Catch Fire During Flight, Leaving Behind Debris

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Pieces of an airplane in backyards in Broomfield a Denver suburb

A plane flying over Broomfield, Colorado, dropped debris in several locations Saturday, said Broomfield police.

The incident happened on United Airlines flight 328 which had taken off from Denver en route to Honolulu. Local residents reported hearing a loud explosion and debris began raining down from the sky, leaving a debris field that has stretched at least a mile to a mile-and-a-half. The incident led to scattered debris falling throughout residential neighborhoods west of the airport. The authorities warned citizens against touching or moving the debris, as the NTSB will be conducting an investigation.

"The biggest thing right now is we are now securing the scene", Welte said during a press briefing.

Officials are investigating how the malfunction occurred
Officials are investigating how the malfunction occurred

One of the folks who witnessed the incident, Kieran Cain, told CNN he was outside playing with his kids when they heard the explosion as the plane flew overhead. There are no reported injuries onboard, and we will share more information as it becomes available.

Upon landing safely back on Runway 26R at Denver International Airport, passengers deplaned and were taken back to the terminal, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). So far, there are no reports of injuries on the ground either. The airline said it is now working on getting the customers a new flight to Honolulu over the next few hours.

Police say the National Tranpsortation Safety Board is investigating, and they told residents to not touch or move any debris they find due to the investigation. Pieces landed in the town of Broomfield, located between Denver and Boulder.

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