BALTIMORE (WJZ/CBS4) — A United Airlines passenger jet landed safely in Denver on Saturday after suffering engine failure moments after takeoff.

A Baltimore man was on the plane, traveling to Hawaii.

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Mike Vena said he was sitting in the middle of the plane and heard a loud explosion. That’s when Vena said the plane started shaking.

He said it took about half an hour to get the plane to land. The crew remained calm, but Vena admits he couldn’t help but worry.

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“I just worried about my kids because they’re not with us so they’re away at school and this is our first vacation alone in 21 years,” Mike says.

Debris from the aircraft rained down on neighborhoods. There were no injuries reported onboard or on the ground.

The National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation.

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Read more of CBS Denver’s coverage on the plane incident here.

CBS Baltimore Staff