As the plane made its way back to the Denver airport, debris from the engine rained down on the suburb of Broomfield, covering an area of about one square mile (2.6 square km).
Photos of the places where it landed put a new perspective on the old phrase “too close for comfort.” You can see some in the gallery attached, as released by the Broomfield PD. The nacelle of the engine landed in front of a house, within inches of the actual home, and another sizable piece went right through the roof of another. Large pieces of debris were also found on a nearby football field and on the streets, and even the Broomfield PD declared themselves astounded that no one was hurt.
Residents were advised to alert the authorities as soon as they found debris, and not to touch it. The assessment of damages is expected to take some time.
The plane was able to make the emergency landing without incident, and all passengers and crew were bused to the terminal.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are treating the incident as an uncontained engine failure, with the official cause to be revealed at the end of the investigation.