February 22, 2021 | Susan Napier-Sewell

Investigation Underway for 2/20/21 United Flight 328 Engine Event: NTSB

debris from United flight

NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) has opened an investigation into Saturday’s engine event that occurred on United Flight 328 bound from Denver to Honolulu.

With 241 passengers and 10 crew members aboard the February 20, 2021, flight, United Flight 328 was forced to return to Denver International Airport Saturday after it suffered an engine failure shortly after takeoff, sending debris from the aircraft pelting down across neighborhoods in Denver’s Broomfield suburb.

United Flight 328 returned to the airport around 1:30 p.m. after suffering the engine issue, according to an airport spokesperson in Denver

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed in a statement, referring to United Flight 328, that a Boeing 777-200 safely returned to the Denver International Airport after “experiencing a right-engine failure shortly after takeoff.”

Assisting the tracking of all debris for the investigation, Broomfield police tweeted on Saturday at 3:45 pm, “Our patrol officers are working to locate all of the debris. If you have debris in your yard or near your home please call dispatch at 303.438.6405 to report asap.”

At 6:21 pm on February 20, 2021, United Airlines tweeted, “Flight UA328 from Denver to Honolulu experienced an engine failure shortly after departure, returned safely to Denver, and was met by emergency crews as a precaution. There are no reported injuries onboard. We are in contact with the FAA, NTSB, and local law enforcement.”

Update from United, 2/21/21: Partial 777 fleet grounded for now

On Sunday evening, United Airlines released a statement regarding its fleet that includes the aircraft from the prior day’s incident. They are “voluntarily & temporarily removing 24 Boeing 777 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000 series engines” from their schedule.

The FAA also released a statement Sunday calling for “extra inspections for B777 equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW400 engines.”

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