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Cargo plane's engine catches fire, dropping debris that injures two people in a Dutch town

February 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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MAASTRICHT, NETHERLANDS, APRIL 10: Maastricht Aachen Airport looks deserted amid the coronavirus outbreak on April 10, 2020 in Maastricht, Netherlands. Due to the current COVID-19 crisis there is a lot less Easter traffic than would be expected under normal circumstances. (Photo by Frank Kerbusch/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Two people were injured after pieces of a cargo plane broke off and fell onto a town in the Netherlands, according to authorities there.

(CNN)Two people were injured after pieces of a cargo plane broke off and fell onto a town in the Netherlands, according to authorities there.

Pieces of metal fell on the town of Meerssen after a Boeing 747 cargo plane experienced an engine fire shortly after taking off from Maastricht, according to the Veiligheidsregio (the Dutch regional safety inspector) and Maastricht Aachen Airport (MAA).

"The plane took off from Maastricht Aachen Airport and had engine problems.

As a result, metal parts fell down in Meerssen in the Sint Josephstraat area," the safety inspector said.

One of them was taken to a hospital, the safety inspector said.

MAA said in a statement that the plane was carrying "general cargo and pharmaceuticals on board. "

They then switched off the engine concerned and sent out an emergency signal," MAA said.

MAA said the pilot chose to land at Li├Ęge due to its longer runway, which provided the plane with more space to land safely.

"We understand that people are shocked and regret that this has happened," MAA said.

A United Airlines flight was forced to return to Denver International Airport after it suffered an engine failure shortly after takeoff, sending aircraft debris raining down on a suburb.

The Boeing 777-200 safely returned to the Denver International Airport and no one was injured.

Boeing said in a statement to CNN Saturday night that company technical advisers are supporting the NTSB with its investigation into that flight.

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