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Engine Catches Fire Forcing United Boeing 777 To Ground

Mar 2, 2021 | Cases, Crashes

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Katzman Lampert is currently representing numerous passengers from this flight, including children.

  • Date: February 20, 2021
  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Airline:United
  • Type of Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
  • Type of Incident: Engine Fire
  • Total Passengers: 231 + 10 Crew
  • Fatalities: None

(Denver, CO, USA -June 19, 2019)​

Fire on an aircraft is every passenger’s worst nightmare. Pieces of a jet engine flying off into the airstream and the now barred-engine flaming under the wing. What is next? How does this end?

On Saturday, February 20, 2021, United Airlines Flight 328 from Denver to Honolulu experienced a catastrophic engine failure and was forced to return to Denver not long following takeoff. Video footage captured by passengers aboard the airplane show the right engine on fire, and debris of the engine falling off inflight. The cab of a pickup truck was smashed from debris falling from the airplane high above.

There were 10 crew members in addition to 231 passengers on the flight, and witnesses on the ground also reported seeing the aircraft in distress.

The engine failure aboard the aircraft, a Boeing 777-200 with Pratt & Whitney fan engines, shows what some experts are claiming is a “concerning trend” and has prompted an immediate response from United Airlines, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Japanese ministry of transportation. This was not the first failure of this model engine. The United Airline 777’s with this engine installed have been grounded. Clearly, mere inspections is not a solution to this design problem.

Katzman, Lampert and Stoll, PLLC currently represent numerous passengers from this flight, including children. If you were a passenger aboard United Flight 328 and would like to further explore your rights regarding this matter, please contact Katzman, Lampert, and Stoll for a no-obligation consultation at (303) 465-3663 or (303) 596-2219.

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