The US aviation regulatory authority (FAA) ordered additional inspections on Sunday of certain Boeing 777-type commercial planes. This decision came the day after an engine failure on one of these machines in Colorado.
‘After consulting with my team of aviation safety experts about the engine failure (…) aboard a Boeing 777 in Denver, I asked them to issue an Emergency Airworthiness Directive that would require immediate or thorough inspections of Boeing 777 planes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, ‘said FAA official Steve Dickson.
“This will likely mean that some planes will be taken out of service,” he added in a statement posted on Twitter.
Reactor on fire
On Saturday, a United Airlines airliner, due to fly to Honolulu, Hawaii, lost debris in a residential area of Denver after one of its engines failed shortly after takeoff. The plane returned to Denver International Airport safely and no injuries were reported.
A video taken by a passenger on flight UA328 shows the right engine of the plane in flames and shows that the damaged engine fairing is completely missing.
Police in Broomfield, a town 30 miles west of Denver Airport, shared photos on Twitter of large pieces of debris that fell in residents’ gardens.
United Airlines told CNN the craft was carrying 241 people, including ten crew members. The company added that the United States National Transportation Safety Council was investigating the incident.
Steve Dickson said a preliminary review of the safety data revealed the need for additional fan blade checks for the affected reactor type.
‘Based on the initial information, we concluded that the interval between inspections should be shortened for the hollow fan blades, which exist only on this type of engine, used only on Boeing 777s,’ the official said. of the FAA.
Mr Dickson added that FAA officials were meeting with representatives from Pratt & Withney and Boeing on Sunday evening.
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