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LISTEN: United pilot called 'mayday, mayday' amid engine failure after Denver takeoff

experienced engine failure shortly after takeoff from Denver International Airport on Saturday, according to new audio.The Boeing 777 was heading from Denver to Honolulu with 231 passengers and 10 crew aboard when its right engine failed and erupted in flames.

The plane quickly lost altitude and dropped huge pieces of the engine casing and chunks of fiberglass onto the neighborhoods below.UNITED FLIGHT'S ENGINE CATCHES FIRE AFTER DENVER TAKEOFF, RETURNS TO AIRPORT SAFELY"328, uh, heavy.

We've experienced engine failure, need to turn. Mayday, mayday. United, uh, 28, United 328, heavy. Mayday, mayday, aircraft, uh..." the pilot says in a 35-second audio recording obtained by the Denver Post.The Denver Tower replies: "Yes, 328 heavy, say.

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