UNITED 328 Engine Failure! WHAT CHECKLISTS did the pilots use? Explained by CAPTAIN JOE

UNITED 328 Engine Failure! WHAT CHECKLISTS did the pilots use? Explained by CAPTAIN JOE

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On the 20th of February 2021, a United Boeing 777-200, registration N772UA performing flight UA-328 from Denver,CO to Honolulu,HI (USA) with 231 passengers and 10 crew, was in the initial climb out of Denver’s runway 25 when the right hand engine’s (PW4077) inlet separated associated with the failure of the engine. The crew declared Mayday reporting an engine failure. The aircraft stopped the climb at about 13000 feet, the crew requested to return to Denver after running the checklists. ATC offered any runway, they would make it happen. The aircraft returned to Denver for a safe landing on runway 26 about 23 minutes after departure. The aircraft stopped on the runway for a check by emergency services. Emergency services advised of an active fire within the right hand engine and extinguished the fire a few minutes later. The aircraft was subsequently towed off the runway to a remote parking stand, where passengers disembarked and were bussed to the terminal. There were no injuries.

The engine inlet fell into the neighbourhood of Broomfield,CO, located about 16nm west of Denver near 13th and Elmwood Street, the debris also struck through the roof of an adjacent house.

Broomfield police reported that although debris impacted the neighbourhood and damaged a number of homes, there were no injuries on the ground. The debris field expands over a nautical mile.

Ground observers reported hearing the sound of an explosion like bang, smoke and saw the debris falling down. The aircraft continued flying.

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47 Responses

  1. VASAviation - says:

    Fantastic analysis and explanation as always!!👏🏻👏🏻

    • dwest side says:


    • fprintf says:

      What a great collaboration, thank you for sharing your content with Captain Joe!

    • Play By Ear Davis says:

      @Juan Sebastián Spinel Peñuela he did. He said it was his good friend at vas aviation.

    • Steve Perreira says:

      Sorry to say, this pilot is wrong in his analysis, the engine was “not secure.“ It is obvious that the engine is on fire the entire time of the flight, that is not a secure engine. The pilot flying the plane should have landed as soon as possible and not dillydallied around For several extra minutes with the checklist. The checklist takes only a couple of minutes, I don’t know what was going on here. It seems like these pilots are always covering each others asses. I know I’m going to get a lot of criticism for this because We had a happy ending here. But the reality is this the engine could have failed catastrophically and taken the wing off any second. Any extra time in the air is a risk to lives on board. The pilot should’ve landed at the nearest possible safe location, that would have been run way 070, downwind.

      Also I want people to take a look at the checklist for a fire on engine. The computer knows there’s a fire on engine, and in less than 1/10 of one second the engine could complete that entire checklist by itself, saving a minute or more of time, and possibly even putting out the fire.

      As with emerging car technology where they will be self driving, fully automated aircraft are long overdue.

      Never mind that the pilots are very skilled, all people are error prone and slow to react compared to what a computer can do. Safelite will emerge only when flight is fully automated.
      Never mind that the pilots are very skilled, all people are error prone and slow to react compared to what a computer can do. Safer flight will emerge only when flight is fully automated.

      I’m not just talking, I am a pilot also, and I know that by far the weakest link is the pilot.

    • Steve Perreira says:

      Marc Edward: At 16:00 Captain Joe says that the engine was secure. This is obviously not true because the video show that the engine was on fire the entire time and it was vibrating excessively, threatening to break away from the wing entirely. The engine was never secured.

      It is shameful that these planes are designed without cameras showing a video picture of both engines all of the time from the front and from the back so pilots can see what is going on.

      If I was a pilot and I saw this engine fire like this I would’ve landed at the nearest possible location rather than dillydally around with pages of checklist. It is incomprehensible that the pilot cannot see the engines, absolutely ridiculous, tiny pinhole cameras in the fuselage could show all of this all the time.

      Just shameful design practices in the airline industry. Why in the hell don’t pilots demand to be able to see the engines from the cockpit? Is this not the stupidest industry in the world?

  2. G. Bean says:

    I looked at the picture of the engine cowling in the yard and all I could think of, beyond being thankful no one was hurt, was “Honey, you know that fire pit you’ve been after me to build? The ring just arrived air express…”

  3. Gumball Watterson says:

    The overweight checklist must’ve been performed because of the weight of the pilot’s balls of steel.

  4. mykalimba says:

    1:32 Sounds to me like he said “mahalo”, not “so long”.

  5. Aviation And other stuff says:

    4:54 – LOL, they just got a datalink message sounds like.

  6. Bibek YT says:

    Thats the reason i have the highest amount of respects for the airline pilots all around the world ❤️ thank u for keeping us safe while being a true professional!

  7. S K says:

    When there’s an emergency like that and atc offers any runway, does that mean all departures and arrivals halt?

    • MrJaiimez says:

      Although it isn’t in the VAS video, the pilots would’ve told them which runway they want long before it would’ve created an issue for arrivals/departures, he was just telling them it’s their choice.

    • LISRAREF says:

      Most airports SOP is when departure calls with an aircraft emergency thats turning back, they stop all departures. The arrivals will continue temporarily however no departures will take off to avoid adding congestion to the airspace.

    • LISRAREF says:

      For most major airports, they use one runway to land and one to depart, so this clears one runway instantly in many cases. Some smaller airports this doesn’t apply.

    • Erkin Alp Güney says:

      Departures are held, arrivals are diverted to other runways, except for no-divert committed-landing ones (mostly special transport, such as airplane-in-airplane or winged spacecraft).

    • Prem Patel says:

      When they offer any runway they proceed with the procedure as normal on the sides that the plane isn’t in or going to. When they offer any runway they also wait for the pilot’s response on what runway to use

  8. Niidforseat says:

    Wow, this accident is about a day old, yet you managed to describe it so well.

  9. Vadim Yushprakh says:

    Captain Joe’s turnaround time on this video was almost as fast as this flight turning around to come back to Denver airport. Gut gemacht!

  10. Antoni Koch says:

    “We need 2 pilots for these types of situations”
    Fkight simmers: “hold my drink”

  11. евграф ломов says:

    No engine checklist :
    -well seems you don’t have engine anymore.
    Copy that! Continue approach to the airport

  12. Pushrod302 says:

    The professionalism displayed here by everyone involved was amazing.

  13. DJCallOfDuty says:

    Remember this was in Denver where the elevation is at least 5000ft

  14. DV253 says:

    It’s awesome to hear and see professionals do what they do. Even the out of ordinary. Great video Capt Joe

  15. LEMMY LEMON says:

    I just want to say Captain Joe, I have been watching you since the start and you raised me as an aviation enthusiast and now I am beginning flight lessons. Thank you so much 🙂

  16. Dimitrios Felekidis says:

    After this video, i will feel calmer on a plane that has a dead engine than a plane that has both engines running …

  17. Krp Krp says:

    What an ATC controller, “Your wish is my command”.

  18. The Cat. says:

    Poke fun of United all you want, but at least they have great pilots who can deal with this.

  19. NUSensei says:

    Great commentary and analysis. It really did feel like it was professionally and calmly executed.

  20. GNX157 says:

    AgentJZ claims this was not an “uncontained engine failure”.

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