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Soon the convenience and relaxation of air travel for all will return to the Friendly Skies

“Welcome to our non-stop flight from Denver to Honolulu. Today we will be cruising at an altitude of eight feet.”

“United Flight 328 safely returned to Denver after experiencing a significant uncontained engine failure. There were no injuries on the ground or in the air,” said the airline.

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  • Dave_in_PB February 22, 2021, 9:11 AM

    Catastrophic aircraft engine failure of this sort usually occur as a result of foriegn object damage. I imagine they managed to suck something through the intake during the takeoff roll or very soon after becoming airborne.

  • EX-Californian Pete February 22, 2021, 12:47 PM

    Not a surprise- United is the absolute WORST airline in the history of aviation.
    Everyone from their desk agents to their maintenance crews seem to hover around the 60-70 I.Q. range, and their ability to lose luggage, have “unexpected delays,” and snotty flight attendants is legendary.
    I quit flying on United 33 years ago.

  • Kevin in PA February 22, 2021, 1:17 PM

    As Pete says, United is the worst. Funny thing is that Continental was the worst (as an example – they lost my luggage 6 times) and then United bought them out when they went bankrupt. United took on the rude hags that used to work for continental and doubled down on crappy service.

  • u.k.(us) February 22, 2021, 2:42 PM

    I imagine there is more than one engineer watching that video, only to see the performance of their part of the engine design.

  • rongalt February 22, 2021, 4:04 PM

    There were at a minimum three pieces of engine debris that could have caused death to a person on the ground. There were two very close calls (~10 feet) to folks in their houses. It’s pretty incredible that nobody was hit; seems like there were indeed guardian angels keeping watch.

  • gwbnyc February 22, 2021, 4:49 PM

    my wife and I flew RT nyc to norfolk three to seven times a year for +/- 20 years. cramped, claustrophobic, the 50 minute flight was about all I could endure. with the goings-on now, I said to her I couldn’t see myself flying ever again.

  • ghostsniper February 22, 2021, 5:43 PM

    gwbnyc sed: “I couldn’t see myself flying ever again.”
    ===========
    You know it man.
    I haven’t been on one since 1980 and probably never will.
    The exceptions would be, on a private plane of my choosing, and me wearing a parachute, and armed as I see fit.

    Last flight I was on was from anchorage to seattle and I had 2 long guns and 2 short guns and hundreds of rounds of ammo as well as a plethora of blades right with me in the cabin and so did my hunting partner.

  • azlibertarian February 22, 2021, 7:31 PM

    Juan Browne, a 777 pilot, runs a youtube channel where he discusses all things aviation. He has a playlist started on UAL328, and I agree with his preliminary theory that a fan blade broke off, which then took out half of the adjacent blade. This debris then sliced through the inlet and the rest of the cowling came apart in the windstream. The two 20-ish minute long videos in his current playlist are worth the time of anyone interested.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkieg1ZFcPE&list=PL6SYmp3qb3uNANMt_5n98cGeynBG50owe&index=2

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EwNCCrjMmeg&list=PL6SYmp3qb3uNANMt_5n98cGeynBG50owe&index=1

  • PA Cat February 22, 2021, 7:43 PM

    Well, at least the Denver plane wasn’t a 737 MAX, but meanwhile airlines are grounding all Boeing 777s until the company can come up with a better engine inspection protocol. One beneficial side effect of the current Woo-Woo flu pandemic is that only 69 Boeing 777s are in service as of 2/22/21, with another 59 in storage. Meanwhile, a Boeing cargo 747 experienced an engine failure over the Netherlands just last Saturday. That plane was powered by a smaller version of the Pratt & Whitney engine on United Flight 328.

    I wonder whether Slow Joe feels safe onboard his implement of Gaia’s destruction: the current Air Force One is a customized Boeing 747-200B– although it’s probably okay as long as the Veep isn’t in charge of engine inspection. And maybe the selfless John Kerry will loan his private jet to the Fraud in Chief for picking up climate leadership and other prog awards.

  • Chris February 23, 2021, 5:22 AM

    Weren’t these the asshats that were going to put Capitol Hill protestors on no-fly lists? Seems they get what they deserve. THey need to pay attention to their first job (getting people from A to B safely and on time) rather than being a woke airline.

    I wouldn’t fly United if you paid me.

    F’ em.

  • azlibertarian February 23, 2021, 9:58 AM

    @Chris

    As an insider, I’ll tell you that if you’re looking to avoid “woke” airlines (or “woke” companies from any industry), you’re going to have to look pretty darned hard. I’m not defending “wokeness” at all–in fact, I’m a huge critic of it–but like it or not, most airlines have embraced it to one degree or another.

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