A United Airlines flight to Hawaii was forced into an emergency landing after debris from the plane plunged into homes in Denver.
Debris from flight 328 between the capital of Colorado and Honolulu was spotted strewn across a residential area in Broomfield, including the engine rim and what appeared to be parts of the engine crankcase.
The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) said the Boeing The 777-200 returned to Denver International Airport and landed safely after suffering a “right engine failure” after takeoff.
In a separate statement, United said 231 passengers were on board at the time, along with 10 crew, but gave no further details.
The local Broomfield Police Department, which is about 25 miles from Denver, posted several photos on social media of what is believed to be wreckage from the plane, the large edge of the plane’s engine seemingly narrowly missing a house in town.
Officers are asking anyone injured by the falling debris to come forward, with the force issuing a “code red” to nearly 1,400 residents asking them to check their courses for parts of the plane.
The National Transportation Safety Board was tasked with investigating what happened and requested that all debris remain where it was found.
A number of videos have been shared online, including one from someone whose parents were believed to be on the flight, showing the engine engulfed in flames and its missing housing.
Images were also taken by Twitter user Tyler Thal of the plane flying low over Broomfield with pieces of the plane falling.
He told The Associated Press: “As I watched it, I saw an explosion, then the cloud of smoke and debris fall from it.”
“It was like a stain in the sky and looking at that, I tell my family what I just saw and then we heard the explosion,” he added.
“The plane just went on and we didn’t see it after that.”
Boeing, the maker of the plane, declined to comment, instead referring Sky News to United Airlines.