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The US Federal Aviation Administration issues emergency directions for a Boeing 777 after an engine failure


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WASHINGTON – The US Federal Aviation Administration said on Sunday it had issued an emergency airworthiness directive after the engine of a Boeing 777 airliner failed.

Debris from a United Airlines airliner fell over a residential area on Saturday in Denver, Colorado, after one of its engines failed shortly after take-off.

The new Federal Aviation Administration directive requires immediate or intense inspections of similar aircraft.

Federal Aviation Administration Director Steve Dixon said in a statement that the guidance covers Boeing 777s equipped with specific Pratt & Whitney BW4000 engines and “this will likely mean that some aircraft will be decommissioned.”

“An initial review of the engine failure accident shows that an increase in the time period for examining the hollow propeller blades that is unique to this model of engines, which is used only on Boeing 777s, should be increased,” Dickson said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane, which suffered an engine failure on Saturday, returned safely to Denver International Airport. No injuries were reported.

Flight 328 was en route from Denver to Honolulu when the accident occurred.

Police in the city of Broomfield, about 48 kilometers west of Denver International Airport, posted pictures on Twitter showing large bits of debris in the backyards of homes.

United Airlines reported to CNN that there were 241 people on board, including 10 crew members.

The company said the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.

(Dpa)



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