The engine of a plane that had just taken off in Denver caught fire on Saturday and had to turn around urgently.
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The US Federal Aviation Regulatory Authority (FAA) ordered additional inspections on some Boeing 777-type commercial aircraft on Sunday February 21, the day after a spectacular engine failure on one of these aircraft above from Colorado.
“This will probably mean that some planes will be taken out of service”, specified an official from the FAA. The American Aviation Regulatory Authority indicated that a preliminary review of safety data revealed the need for additional fan blade checks for the affected reactor type.
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 its right reactor. The aircraft was able to land without incident and none of its occupants were injured.
A video shot by a passenger of flight UA328 shows the right engine of the plane in flames and shows that the damaged engine fairing has completely disappeared. As the Boeing returned to the airport, a shower of debris, some large, fell in a residential area of Broomfield, a suburb of the city. No one was injured on the ground, according to local authorities.
The American aircraft manufacturer has had a serious problem in recent years with another of its models, the 737 MAX. The plane was banned from flying in March 2019 after two accidents that killed 346, that of Lion Air in Indonesia in October 2018 (189 dead) and that of Ethiopian Airlines in March 2019 in Ethiopia (157 dead).
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