Colorado incident: additional inspections ordered on certain Boeing 777s
The US Federal Aviation Regulatory Authority (FAA) on Sunday ordered additional inspections on certain Boeing 777-type commercial aircraft, the day after an engine failure on one of these aircraft over Colorado.
“After consulting with my team of aviation safety experts about yesterday’s engine failure [samedi] aboard a Boeing 777 aircraft in Denver, I asked them to issue an Emergency Airworthiness Directive that would require immediate or extensive inspections of Boeing 777 aircraft equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, “wrote an official at FAA Steve Dickson in a statement posted to Twitter.
“This will probably mean that some planes will be taken out of service,” he added.
A United Airlines Boeing 777-220, which had taken off Saturday from Denver (Colorado) for Honolulu (Hawaii) with 231 passengers and 10 crew members, had to turn around urgently after the fire in his right reactor.
The aircraft was able to land safely at Denver Airport and none of its occupants were injured.
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.
As the Boeing returned to the airport, a shower of debris, some large, fell in a residential area in Broomfield, a suburb of Denver. No one was injured on the ground.
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,” said the official. 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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