Tuesday, February 23, 2021

US Response: Tightens controls on Boeing 777s with a burning engine


The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) order for Boeing 777s with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines came after United Airlines landed safely at Denver International Airport after an engine failure.

The right engine of the plane broke down on Saturday shortly after takeoff from this airport and pieces of it fell on populated areas. According to the authorities, no injuries were reported between 231 passengers and ten crew members on board or on anyone on the ground. The UA328 flight to Honolulu in the Hawaiian Islands.

United Airlines announced on Sunday that it was voluntarily and temporarily decommissioning its 24 active aircraft of this type. According to the FAA, these airlines are the only ones in the USA that operate the incriminated aircraft. It is also used by airlines in Japan and South Korea.

“After yesterday’s incident, we received all available safety data,” stated by the FAA in its opinion. “Based on initial information, we have concluded that the inspection interval should be shortened for hollow blades that are unique to this type of engine used exclusively on Boeing 777 aircraft.”

In the meantime, the Japanese Ministry of Transport has ordered Japan Airlines (JAL) and ANA Holdings to suspend the use of Boeing 777s with PW4000 engines, pending a decision on any further action. According to the ministry, the JAL flight from Naha Airport in Okinawa returned to Tokyo on December 4, 2020, when its left engine failed after about 100 kilometers. This plane is as old as the 26-year-old United Airlines machine from Saturday’s incident. ANA operates 19 and JAL 13 of these aircraft.





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