Not only did debris from a plane fell in Meerssen on Saturday, but villagers also escaped a disaster in Colorado, United States, when an airliner lost engine parts.
It concerned the town of Broomfield where parts of a Boeing 777-200 landed over a length of over 1,600 meters.
It was a passenger plane with 231 passengers and 10 United Airlines crew. The plane had recently taken off from the airport at Denver International Airport to Honolulu, Hawaii. Thanks to the firm intervention of the pilots, the aircraft was able to return and land safely.
A passenger on the United 328 took this video of flames erupting from the engine. Some people told me that they prayed and held the hands of their loved ones while looking out the window. The flight was en route to Hawaii from Denver. Glad everyone on board is safe # 9News pic.twitter.com/c8TNYlugU2
– Marc Sallinger (@MarcSallinger) February 20, 2021
Two girls told a CNN reporter how they were training on a soccer field when debris suddenly hit the sports field. The possibility of an aircraft simply losing parts in the air is already minimal. The chance of this happening twice a day, in Meerssen and Broomfield, is astronomically small.
As in Meerssen, the US aviation authorities ask residents not to touch or move the debris. Each particle of the plane will be described and analyzed with precision. Researchers hope to use the fragments to trace the exact origin of the crash. The same time-consuming procedure seems plausible to Meerssen.
The National Police Aviation Supervision Team is investigating the incident with the cargo plane that lost parts over Meerssen on Saturday afternoon. The department is examining whether there is culpable guilt, police report. This police investigation is separate from the investigation conducted by the Dutch Safety Board.
Long tail aviation
A spokesperson for Longtail Aviation, the carrier of the cargo plane over Meerssen, has agreed to cooperate fully with the investigations. The cause of the engine failure is not yet known, the spokesperson said. The motor blades may have sucked in something during cranking, he suggests.
The Limburg police are calling on the residents of Meerssen to leave the found fragments behind and to notify the police of the find.
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According to the FAA, the 26-year-old plane’s right engine failed shortly after takeoff from Denver. Much larger pieces of composite and aluminum ended up on the ground than in Meerssen. But just like in Limburg, no one was, miraculously, seriously or fatally injured.
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