Listen: United pilot called ‘mayday’ after engine exploded over Colorado

United Airlines flight 328 plane debris in Colorado, Feb. 20, 2021. (Broomfield Police/Released)

Audio of the mayday call made from United Airlines flight 328 that experienced engine failure Saturday has been released.

The commercial airliner, a Boeing 777, had just taken off from Denver International Airport around 12:50 p.m. and was headed to Honolulu when one of the engines failed and burst into flames. The plane was able to safely make an emergency landing but did rain debris on several parts of Colorado, primarily in Broomfield, about 30 miles from the airport, according to the Denver Post.

“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 told the control tower back at the Denver airport.

“Yes, 328 heavy, say again, read all that again,” the control tower replied.

“Denver, uh, departure. United 328, heavy. Mayday, aircraft, uh, just experienced engine failure, need a turn immediately,” the pilot said.

“328, left or right turn,” the control tower asked.

“Left turn,” the pilot replied.

No injuries were reported aboard the plane or on the ground below.


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