Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The US has tightened controls on Boeings with a burning engine – World – News


A burning Boeing 777 engine during a United Airlines flight over Denver, USA.

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The U.S. regulator has announced additional inspections of Boeing 777s using the same type of engine that began burning during a United Airlines flight over Denver on Saturday. Japan went further by suspending the use of these machines before considering further action.

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,” the FAA said in a statement. “Based on initial information, we have concluded that the inspection interval should be shortened for hollow blades, which are unique to this type of engine, used exclusively in Boeing 777 aircraft.”

The part of the engine that fell into the ...

The part of the engine that fell into a residential area in Broomfield, Colorado, after the fire.
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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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