“We are reviewing all available safety data from yesterday’s (Saturday) incident,” he told the FAA on Sunday. “We evaluated all available data on yesterday’s accident. Based on initial information, we have concluded that the inspection time of turbine blades should be reduced for this single type of engine used only on Boeing 777 aircraft. This means that some aircraft will be taken out of service, “added Steve Dickson of the FAA.
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTBS) said the first findings showed that two turbine impeller blades had ruptured.
The Japanese authorities have ordered the cessation of operation of aircraft with Pratt & Whitney 4000 engines by the said engine model. Two Japanese companies, Japan Airlines and ANA Holdings, operate 32 of these machines.
Korean Air Lines have not yet decided on their grounding, waiting for a statement from the Korean Aviation Authority, which said it was monitoring the situation. also withdraws machines from lines. It has 12 of them, six of them in operation on routes to Japan.
In the United States, only United Airlines operates a Boeing 777 with Pratt & Whitney 4000 engines. It has already announced that it has taken its 24 aircraft out of service.
The older type is not widely used due to higher consumption.
Boeing said in a statement that he supported the decision of the American and Japanese authorities. According to the manufacturer, 69 aircraft are in active operation and another 59 are decommissioned by airlines due to a drop in demand for pandemic flights. Boeing added that his technicians are working with authorities to clarify the incident.
The engine manufacturer did not comment on the FAA measures.
Accident in Denver
On Saturday morning, shortly after the takeoff of a machine flying from Denver to Honolulu, one of the aircraft’s engines started burning. The pieces that fell from it landed in the suburb of Denver Broomfield, a huge chunk of the engine fell in front of the door of the family house.
The machine with 231 passengers and ten crew members returned to the airport. Nothing happened to anyone on board the plane or on the ground.
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