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A United Airlines flight on its way to Honolulu from Denver, suffered engine failure shortly after take off on Saturday.

The right engine first showed signs that something was wrong when smoke came out of it. Moments later a fire had started as the engine caught alight and finally exploded.

The explosion was so loud that people on the ground in Broomfield just outside of Denver could hear it. Shortly after the damaging explosion debris started falling from the sky.

One homeowner said he heard the explosion and suddenly a massive bang as he opened his front door to find the front engine of the United Airlines Boeing 777 – 200. At first he thought it might be the neighbours’ trampoline that was blown over by the wind.

Another homeowner was making sandwiches for his kids when debris fell through the roof of their home, narrowly missing them.

None of the passengers onboard the plane were injured. Besides the damages to homes and cars, no one on the ground was injured either.

The captain made a safe emergency landing back at Denver International Airport.

Those passengers who opted to get on another United Airlines flight to Honolulu was flown out on that same day, while others who opted not to take that flight were put up in hotels.

Watch the Denver 7 video below to see the damage that the falling debris caused in Broomfield just outside the city of Denver.

Image credit: Dallas News

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