The decision to stop the 32 planes of the type Boeing 777-200 that are currently in service in Japan was made towards Sunday evening Swedish time, according to Nikkei Asia.
13 of the plan is flown off Japan Airlines and 19 of All Nippon Airways, all on domestic routes. The two airlines had on their own initiative stopped the plane from flying even before the authorities’ decision.
According to the authorities, the problems are linked to the PW4000 engines manufactured by American Pratt & Whitney. According to Nikkei Asia, another Boeing 777 plane from Japan Airlines with a similar engine must have suffered a problem during a flight between Naha and Haneda on December 4.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ordered an inspection of a selection of aircraft with these engines. This is stated by CNN and Reuters, among others. United Airlines is the only airline in the United States that has the current type of engine on its planes.
United Airlines announced shortly afterwards that it had decided to stop its 24 planes of the current type.
It was just before 9 p.m. on Saturday Swedish time as United Airlines Boeing 777 took off from the airport in Denver. The plane was on its way to Honolulu when it lost large parts of its right engine shortly after takeoff. Large parts of the outer hood of the right engine came loose and parts rained down over a suburb of Denver. The plane was then at an altitude of about 4,000 meters.
The pilots managed to turn the plane around and land safely at 9 pm and the 231 passengers and ten of the crew were able to leave the plane unscathed. No one was injured, either on the ground or in the plane.
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