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The pictures show the aircraft's engine housing completely fallen.  Pic: @ speedbird5280 via Reuters


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Two passengers are suing United Airlines after the engine of the plane they were on caught fire in the air.

Joseph McGinley and Jonathan Strawn say they suffered personally, emotionally and financially as a result of the February 20 incident.

They filed separate lawsuits in Chicago, where the airline is based, and seek damages in excess of $ 500,000 (£ 361,000) each.

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Part of the engine narrowly missed a house in Broomfield. Pic: Broomfield Police

The pair were on the United flight from Denver to Honolulu when their the engine exploded and sent debris to rain over the town of Broomfield, 25 miles from where it took off Colorado.

Passengers said they feared the Boeing 777 would crash and they would die after seeing the explosion and a flash of light.

Videos posted on Twitter at the time showed the plane flying low over Broomfield with pieces of the plane falling to the ground.

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The photos show the aircraft’s engine housing completely fallen. Pic: @ speedbird5280 via Reuters

Announcing the lawsuits on Friday, Chicago attorney Robert A Clifford said, “Imagine yourself as a passenger looking out of an airplane window and helplessly staring at the burning engine. The terror you feel lasts a lifetime. “

Mr Clifford’s company also represents the families of 72 of the passengers who died during a A Boeing 737 MAX has crashed in Ethiopia in 2019.

The UK has temporarily banned all Boeing 777 that use the same engine that caught fire in Colorado.

Pic: Police de Broomfield
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Fallen debris is pictured on the ground 25 miles from Denver. Pic: Broomfield Police
Pic: Police de Broomfield
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More debris is pictured strewn around a residential area. Pic: Broomfield Police

No one on the plane or on the ground was injured, despite debris crashing into a truck and narrowly missing a house.

The 231 passengers and 10 crew members were returned to Denver airport safely after an emergency landing.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the engine failure, but said a microscopic examination confirms early suspicions that the wear and tear caused a fan blade inside to rupture.

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