United Airline passenger from Pittsburgh shares terrifying expertise after plane engine catches fireplace, rubble rains – CBS Pittsburgh
DENVER, Colo. (KDKA) – It started with a loud bang and ended in violent flames.
When a United Airlines passenger jet engine burned over Denver with 231 passengers on board, a Pittsburgh family sat quietly and prayed. KDKA’s Meghan Schiller spoke to the mother of three, who said her family’s long-awaited journey started with a shot of adrenaline she’d never want to feel again.
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“We heard that loud bang. I don’t even know how to describe it, ”said Maria Denunzio Kranske.
Kranske is a mother from Pittsburgh who suddenly felt a pit of her stomach.
“I don’t fly too often, but I fly enough to know that it was a strange loud bang that wasn’t normal,” she said.
Just a few minutes after her family’s flight to paradise, something went wrong. Described as a “catastrophic failure” of the aircraft engine, she first heard an explosion and then saw flames.
“Someone said to the flight attendant, ‘It’s on fire. ‘So the flight attendant came running down the aisle and ran back to the cockpit,’ said Kranske.
Kranske told Meghan Schiller from KDKA that she looked at her husband and three small children. They all started to pray while people across the hall passed information about what they could see out of the window.
“They could see exactly what was happening, so they took photos and immediately let them fly to people on the plane,” said Kranske.
With 231 passengers and 10 crew members on board, the family no longer thought of getting to Honolulu.
“I didn’t hear anyone scream, but people were crying. And you could see everyone’s fear and nervousness. People even grabbed each other’s hands – I was one of them, ”said Kranske.
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While the family waited anxiously, people on the ground reported falling debris. The Broomfield Police Department in Colorado tweeted images as officers collected scattered engine parts from front gardens and open fields.
We had a lot of requests to see the aircraft parts our officers have been collecting over the past 2 days. Here is a look. # UAL328 pic.twitter.com/jqgjFOqiHO
– Broomfield Police (@BroomfieldPD) February 22, 2021
“I could still see the ground so I knew we were only in the air for 10 minutes. And if they can land safely at this point, then get me back on the ground, ”said Kranske.
The pilots managed to return to Denver and land without the right engine.
“Everyone cheered and clapped and at this point they were only signs of relief,” said Kranske.
But then the decision came: are you going to take another flight over the ocean?
“I kept saying that God is with us, we will get on this flight and enjoy ourselves. It’s been three years since we went on vacation. We did it, ”said Kranske.
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Nobody was injured and the NTSB is currently investigating.