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United Airlines pilot calls ‘mayday’ for engine failure in Denver

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The pilot of United Airlines Flight 328 repeatedly called “mayday” as one of his engines exploded, raining down debris on a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

“We’ve experienced engine failure, need to turn. Mayday, mayday. United, uh, 28,” the pilot radioed soon after takeoff Saturday from Denver International Airport, according to the air traffic control call obtained by the Denver Post.

“United 328, heavy mayday, mayday, aircraft, uh…” the pilot repeated before air traffic control came on and asked him to repeat his urgent call for help.

“United 328, heavy mayday, aircraft just experienced engine failure, need a turn immediately,” the pilot warned, soon getting permission to make a left turn ready for the emergency landing.

The call came as his engine was fully engulfed in flames above Colorado, as caught on shocking video that quickly went viral online.

Other footage showed debris falling from the sky that was filled with black smoke — with huge chunks of the engine falling on the Denver suburb Bloomfield.

“Given the number of people who are at Commons Park on a weekend day we are beyond grateful that no one was injured,” the town’s police said, a sentiment shared by others online.

“It’s mind-boggling to hear nobody was injured or killed when an airplane broke apart in the sky over a packed neighborhood,” one follower replied.

Debris about 15 feet in diameter crushed the bed of Kirby Klements’ truck outside his house, with other chunks landing in his garden.

“If it had been 10 feet different, it would have landed right on top of the house,” he told The Associated Press. “And if anyone had been in the truck, they would have been dead.”

Despite the drama, the Hawaii-bound plane landed safely at Denver International Airport, and no one on board or on the ground was hurt, authorities said — much to the amazement of many onboard.

“When it initially happened, I thought we were done. I thought we were going down,” said Delucia, who stuffed his wallet in his pocket so he could be easily identified if the plane did go down.

“The pilot did an amazing job,” Delucia said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the airplane experienced a right-engine failure shortly after takeoff.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. Authorities have not released any details about what may have caused the failure.

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7-year-old boy mauled to death by dogs in South Carolina

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A 7-year-old-boy was mauled to death by dogs in South Carolina as he walked through his neighborhood with his brother, cops said.

Young Shamar Jackson and his brother were swarmed by dogs on Sunday as they looked for their pet Chihuahua in Marion, reports said.

Dogs reportedly ripped away Shamar’s clothes as his brother escaped.

“They couldn’t get away because it was so many dogs coming from different directions,” Carnell Jackson, Shamar’s father, said, according to The State newspaper.

The dogs may have been from a neighbor’s yard and come through a hole in the fence, WBTW reported.

The child’s father told the TV station that his wife was told not to touch her Shamar until the police could get him.

“How are you going to tell her to leave her child there?” Charnell Jackson said.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said on Tuesday it seized five dogs and a puppy from a nearby property as part of its investigation, but it didn’t provide any information on if anyone had been arrested or charged.

The sheriff’s office Facebook page said an account was established for people looking to donate to help the family pay Shamar’s funeral costs.

“Shamar tragically lost his life earlier this week in a dog attack near Wilbur Road. Shamar was a straight A student finishing up the first grade at Lake View Elementary,” the post said.

“You may donate at any Anderson Brothers Bank location, simply specify Shamar Jackson Fund.”

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Soldiers tried to smuggle 2 people from Mexico into TX: US attorney

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A Fort Hood soldier and Pennsylvania National Guardsman were busted for trying to sneak two Mexican citizens over the Texas border in the trunk of a car, officials said.

Soldier Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie, 18, and Guardsman Emmanuel Oppongagyare, 20, were in Army uniforms trying to avoid questions when their scheme came to a halt at a border checkpoint, according to a press release from the US prosecutor on Tuesday.

Oppongagyare took a $100 upfront payment and the pair was expecting be paid more for picking up a man and woman in McAllen and driving them to San Antonio, The Associated Press said, citing the criminal complaint.

The guardsman was in the driver’s seat of the car when they were stopped at the Hebbronville Border Patrol Checkpoint on June 13, said a press release from Jennifer B. Lowery, acting US attorney for the Southern District of Texas.

Oppongagyare allegedly said they were traveling from Zapata to San Antonio. The two Mexican citizens were found in the trunk after a secondary inspection, the charges said.

Both men made appearances on Tuesday in front of a magistrate judge and are now being held on $75,000 bonds pending detention hearings, according to the AP. And the migrants are in custody as material witnesses, the AP said.

Oppongagyare and Saint-Joie face up to 10 years behind bars and a fine up to $250,000.

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Texas man accused of fatally beating mom’s ex, dragging him behind truck

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A Texas man was charged with murder for allegedly beating his mom’s ex-boyfriend to a pulp and dragging him behind a pickup truck where he was found dead, authorities said.

Robert Hoffpauir, 37, is accused of killing Roman Rodriguez, 60, at about 10 p.m. Sunday after the victim visited his ex-girlfriend’s home in Rye, according to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.

Hoffpauir, who lives with his mother, was home at the time and allegedly snapped at Rodriguez and “beat him into submission,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Investigators said the suspect then tied a tow strap around Rodriguez, attached the other end around the victim’s pickup truck and drove a “lengthy distance” before setting the vehicle on fire, according to the sheriff’s office.

Authorities said an autopsy will determine if Rodriguez was killed before or after he was dragged.

Hoffpauir is being held on a $1 million bond.

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