Monday, February 22, 2021
Japan imposes flight ban
US supervisors scrutinize Boeing 777
New trouble for Boeing: After the 737-Max disaster, the aircraft manufacturer’s 777 series is now being targeted by the authorities. The reason: At the weekend, a line plane lost large aircraft parts over Denver after an engine fire.
After the engine failure of a Boeing 777 not far from Denver in the state of Colorado, the US aviation authority FAA has announced consequences. Machines of this type, which are equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney engines, should be intensified and checked immediately, said FAA chief Steve Dickson on Sunday (local time) and announced a corresponding emergency policy. “This will likely mean that some aircraft will have to be taken out of service.” The inspection intervals should be increased.
Meanwhile, the Japanese Ministry of Transport ordered a flight ban for aircraft equipped with the affected engines in their own country as a precaution. This affects 13 aircraft from Japan Airlines (JAL) and 19 aircraft from All Nippon Aiwars (ANA), as the Ministry announced in Tokyo.
On Saturday, as a result of the engine failure, large parts of the aircraft fell as debris in residential areas not far from Denver. The United Airlines (UA) Boeing 777 landed safely at Denver International Airport with 241 people on board. There were no reports of injuries – either on board or on the ground. The machine was on its way from Denver to the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu. According to the FAA, the right engine of the machine failed shortly after takeoff.
An initial review shows “that the inspection intervals should be increased for the hollow fan blades, which are unique to this engine model and are only installed on the 777,” said Dickinson about the incident about Denver.
United Airlines announced that it will immediately voluntarily remove 24 Pratt & Whitney 4000 Series Boeing 777 aircraft from its flight plan as a precautionary measure. It should be ensured that these aircraft meet the strict safety standards and can be put back into service. There are currently 52 of these aircraft in the fleet – 24 active and 28 in storage.
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