Boeing plane engine burst into flames dropping debris on Dutch town on same day US plane jet exploded over Denver

A CHILD and an elderly woman have been injured after the engine of a plane burst into flames shortly after taking off in the Netherlands.

The southern Dutch town of Meerssen was showered in debris on Saturday afternoon after the incident involving a Boeing 747-400 cargo plane.

An elderly woman was left with a head injury after she was struck by a piece of the engine and a young child was left with a burned hand after picking up a piece of smoldering metal, Mail Online reports.

It comes after an "engine failure" explosion on United Airlines Boeing 777 scattered debris over Denver in the United States on the same day.

The jet involved in the incident in the Netherlands, which was was due to fly to New York, used a Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engine – a smaller version of one on the United Airlines Boeing 777.

The cargo plane landed safely at Liege airport in Belgium, some 19 miles south of Maastricht, after witnesses on the ground spotted flames in the engine.

The plane's crew noticed an engine issue shortly after take off, Longtail Aviation said in a statement to CNN.

The Dutch Safety Board said the incident is under investigation.

Maastricht Airport spokeswoman Hella Hendriks confirmed a woman was injured by falling debris.

"The photos indicate they were parts of engine blade, but that's being investigated," she said.

"Several cars were damaged and bits hit several houses.

"Pieces were found across the residential neighbourhood on roofs, gardens and streets."

A spokeswoman for the Dutch Safety Board said: "Our investigation is still in a preliminary phase, it is too early to draw conclusions."

Following the engine explosion in the US, Boeing said it was recommending airlines halt flights of some older, PW4000-powered versions of its 777 airliner pending engine inspections.

Shocking images show plane debris in the yards of Broomfield residents before Flight UA 328 landed safely at Denver International Airport on Saturday afternoon.

The plane was carrying 231 passengers and 10 crew members, an airline spokesperson told The Sun.

"Flight 328 from Denver to Honolulu experienced an engine failure shortly after departure, returned safely to Denver and was met by emergency crews as a precaution," the statement from United Airlines read.

"There are no reported injuries onboard, and we will share more information as it becomes available."

A Broomfield police spokesperson said authorities had received reports of a plane dropping debris in several neighborhoods after experiencing engine trouble.

Someone on the plane shared video on Twitter of the engine catching fire.

Another Twitter user wrote that he "heard and saw" an explosion before it started "raining metal".

A passenger also captured the moment the plane touched down in Denver.

People can be heard cheering and clapping as it steadies on the runway. In the clip, damage can be seen on the aircraft through one of the windows.

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