United B777 has ENGINE FAILURE+FIRE on departure | Cowling Separates

United B777 has ENGINE FAILURE+FIRE on departure | Cowling Separates

20FEB2021
United B772 performing flight UAL328 from Denver to Honolulu was climbing through 13000 feet when the pilots declared MAYDAY reporting a right engine failure and requesting to return immediately.
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86 Responses

  1. Stamatis Kolovos says:

    Damn VASA you are fast

  2. VASAviation - says:

    Similar incidents:
    — Air France A380 LOSES ENGINE COWLING over the Atlantic! https://youtu.be/PrbxtVPY0rE
    — Frontier A320 LOSES PART OF THE ENGINE COWLING departing Las Vegas! https://youtu.be/WYNanAZlxyk
    — Southwest LOST ENGINE COWL — DEPRESSURIZATION!! https://youtu.be/3mJCI-NCxoI
    — Boeing B772 LOSES ENGINE COWLING over Pacific Ocean! https://youtu.be/O-_IAKCBTxc

  3. Dean Brown says:

    One of the reasons for the recommended threefold “mayday, mayday, mayday” is to reduce the odds of another pilot keying up and blocking the frequency. Great job by all involved from the looks of it. Glad that the airplane landed safely.

    • That's Life says:

      Have seen some towers will do this by prefacing the callsign of the aircraft with Mayday.

      Example “Mayday 320 proceed to….”

    • QemeH says:

      @That’s Life This is recommended communication strategy for every mayday, yes. But the rules also say that you should “communicate in a manner that best adresses the emergency without regard for other rules”, so it’s kinda up to ATC and the pilot what they wanna do.

  4. Jacob Payne says:

    Next thing we know, VASAviation will be posting videos BEFORE the emergency happens.

  5. Daniel Howell says:

    I’m no expert, but it looks like the front fell off.

  6. Forest Fifer says:

    Holy hell that’s a engine failure on steroids right there. I was expecting just a lost cowling or something, but then you showed the onboard video.
    “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking, if the passengers on the right side of the aircraft would just like to close their window blinds, you’ll thank me for it later”

    • Recovering Soul says:

      @machintelligence I saw a video of a guy get hit by lightning twice, so it’s not a sure thing. I wonder if anyone “important” was on that flight?

    • burt2481 says:

      @AaronShenghao who knew Einstein

    • Legalize Shemp says:

      AirForceProud95 action….

    • Forest Fifer says:

      @Legalize Shemp damn straight…

    • Jason says:

      Funny but not real. They would have you open the Windows. The reason is because they want your eyes to be adjusted to outdoor light which helps with you evacuating if needed. Once landed, it allows emergency ground service to peak in side the airplane and assess the situation and see if any passengers that need help.

      Also being over water is better than being over land. Remember the Miracle of the Hudson. Sully had both engines fail during take off. He famously landed in the Hudson to avoid hitting the building in Manhattan. Planes can float its a much softer landing than if you were emergency land on land and not an airport.

      Pilots train for engine failures. It’s part of their Job description.

      I live in Hawaii so flying is the only way to get to neighbor islands and it’s a 5 hour 30 minute to 6 hour flight to west coast. I have flown from Hawaii to Japan and back 3 times. Flight time 9 hours 30 minutes to 10 hours. Nothing but ocean in between.

  7. Mistersky46 says:

    Dude every time you are so fast, it’s like you’re listening to aircraft communications 24/7. Do you even sleep?

  8. Jonathan Deitch says:

    There’s debris all over Broomfield, CO … almost the entire outer casing of the engine blew off.

  9. lanceanz says:

    Thank goodness the person with the window seat was camera-proficient!

    • Wayne96819 says:

      you guys just wait for my town’s newspaper…..this probably will be front page news BUT, the publisher is so DAMN cheap that they won’t even pay “freelancer rate” for an exclusive “special to the **”…front page pays $100 depending, but they will be so stingy that they will publish the shot……however, give it a ” courtesy of **” which means, the original owner who took the shot…..wont get paid JACK!!!!! tight MFs!!!!

    • SJF says:

      Like taking his or her phone out and hit record? 😂

    • California Guy says:

      @Wayne96819 I think the wait would be shorter if you gave the name of the city or paper.

    • Maraud Ostrogoth says:

      Yes! So many freakin’ morons hold their phone wrong when filming. People, for the Love of Pete, turn your phones 90 degrees when recording video. It’s the difference between a killer shot and total crap.

    • SJF says:

      @Maraud Ostrogoth depends what it’s going to be used for.

  10. pigybak says:

    that ATC guy was sharp. whatever you need, we’ll make it happen.

    • Cornerstone Ministry says:

      @sam s several bad ATC’s make the standard very low these days. Lol

    • J. Alexander Curtis says:

      Normally ATC is in charge and pilots must obey. But when a pilot declares an emergency, then the roles flip. The pilot becomes in charge and ATC does what the pilot needs or asks for. So this ATC guy was simply following protocol.

    • Ruben Villanueva says:

      @J. Alexander Curtis – J.- I follow what you are saying, but it done with much more professionalism and tact. ATC knows what they must do to assist, any request by the pilot is acted upon, again to assist. Yes, the pilot, has the last say as to what he will do, and those decisions are his to make. When the poop hits the fan, there is a often a bonding with the two entities.

    • combcomclrlsr says:

      @Darryl R. Wow! Just found what you’re referring to. Painful to listen to. For those interested: https://youtu.be/0ma0JzO43Ig

    • spoofer20 says:

      The ATC guy probably watches this channel 😀

  11. Tony Price says:

    This is an incredible example of training and professionalism. The pilots and ATC did their jobs calmly and without panic. You cannot hear any sort of excitability in their voices. They went about their job with incredible grace and professionalism. Great job.

    • Dweeb 999 says:

      @Sanjaya Kumar very well. UA normally fly ETOPS 180. These planes are certified up to ETOPS 240. UA had a diversion 2003 over Pacific flying on one engine for over 3hrs. I’m inline with

    • Dweeb 999 says:

      @Judd _S what is the first thing you do when you have inflight Engine FIRE on any airplane??? Airbus, Boeing or turboprop???

    • Gavin Singh says:

      @iatsd Indeed, most of these morons are the ones that are quick to use the “hero” label!!!

    • Jason Thomas says:

      @clay bomb and the autopilot

    • Beti KamenRider says:

      Actually this engine failure ended up being worse to people on the ground than to the pilots and passengers. Sure the engine sight looks gross, but they still had one fully functioning engine and that’s enough, even so that they ran some checklists prior to land instead of coming hot to the nearest runway available. Summing up, for trained personnel, it was not a reason for panic at all.

  12. blancolirio says:

    Excellent Victor! report inbound JB

  13. M I says:

    *checks twitter* “plane parts falling from the sky”
    Vasaviation – already has ATC audio, transcribed, superimposed map, edited, uploaded

  14. Traveler 1980 says:

    I feel like whenever there’s an accident, aviation enthusiasts come rushing to this channel like those reporters who rush into the phone bank knocking it over in the movie Airplane!

  15. Satguy 141 says:

    Kudos to everyone involved, getting this aircraft back on the ground safely.

  16. chris says:

    Literally got this up before the NTSB team could even fully mobilize, that is impressive speed.

  17. Puffle says:

    You can definitely hear the adrenaline rushing through the pilot doing the mayday call. Either way, they acted very professionally. Kudos to them.

  18. Jordan Delara says:

    I landed in Denver about 15 minutes before UA 328 today. We heard that a bunch of runways were closed dud to an emergency inbound. Cant believe it was this! What a fantastic job by the crew.

  19. Christina McConnell says:

    Incredible professionalism. Hats off.

  20. hugothester says:

    One day I will come here and find VASAviation is posting emergencies from 2025, before they even happened

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