• The left engine of United flight 5869 erupted in flames after it landed
  • Flight took off from Aspen, Colorado at 1.31pm and landed in Denver at 2.21pm
  • Fire spilled onto the tarmac before the plane was doused with water 
  • Passengers were evacuated on the runway and no injuries have been reported 

Jessica Chia For Dailymail.com

The left engine of a plane was engulfed in flames after the pilot landed at Denver International Airport.

The United Express flight 5869 took off from Aspen, Colorado at 1.31pm and landed less than an hour later with flames erupting from the engine and spilling onto the tarmac. 

Passengers were evacuated on the runway and no injuries have been reported. 

The left engine of a plane was engulfed in flames before the pilot landed safely at Denver International Airport

The left engine of a plane was engulfed in flames before the pilot landed safely at Denver International Airport

The left engine of a plane was engulfed in flames before the pilot landed safely at Denver International Airport

One passenger, Rabia Chaudry, took photographs of the plane being doused with water after it was evacuated

One passenger, Rabia Chaudry, took photographs of the plane being doused with water after it was evacuated

One passenger, Rabia Chaudry, took photographs of the plane being doused with water after it was evacuated

There were 59 people on board the Bombardier CRJ-701 plane from Aspen to Denver, which was operated by SkyWest in partnership with United Airlines. 

A spokesperson for United said the plane ‘experienced engine issues’ after landing. 

The Denver International Airport tweeted: ‘Arriving SkyWest flight 5869 was reported on fire, all passengers evacuated safely with no injuries. Denver Fire is on scene assessing.’ 

Passenger @raiyansyed wrote: ‘Quick and immediate response. First responders on runway. Huge thanks to pilot and crew for helping get passengers off safe.’

Another passenger, Rabia Chaudry, took photographs of the plane being doused with water.

She wrote: ‘Everyone is safe though shook. All our stuff is on the plane. Waiting for diaper bag, stroller, ID, all my personal items.’  

The Denver International Airport said an investigation was ongoing and that all other flights were operating as scheduled. 

The Denver International Airport said the fire would not affect other flights at the airport, and that an investigation was ongoing

The Denver International Airport said the fire would not affect other flights at the airport, and that an investigation was ongoing

The Denver International Airport said the fire would not affect other flights at the airport, and that an investigation was ongoing

 

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