United Airlines flight 328 to Honolulu over the weekend, which one 777-200 type the company completed a plane, was forced to make a forced landing at Denver International Airport shortly after takeoff, after problems with its right-hand engine occurred. Wrecks have been found nearby that may have originated from the engine cover. No personal injuries occurred, and none of the 229 passengers and 10 crew were injured in the incident, Reuters reports.
Debris from a Boeing 777 fell onto Denver suburbs during an emergency landing Saturday, with one very large piece narrowly missing a home. The plane landed safely and nobody aboard or on the ground was reported hurt. https://t.co/09qcYxbMcT
— The (Seattle) February 21, 2021
Preliminary investigations by the federal agency have shown that the two blades of the right-hand drive were broken, but only minor damage was done to the machine itself.
United’s affected 777 aircraft Pratt & Whitney 4000-112flying with. Boeing is asking airlines to suspend the flight for the time being with aircraft equipped with this engine. Currently, 69 such aircraft are flying and another 59 are on the ground as several airlines have significantly reduced their capacities due to the coronavirus epidemic. The Boeing 777-200 and 777-300 are already relatively old and have worse fuel consumption than newer models, which is why most airlines have begun withdrawing them from their fleets. The United machine, for example, from which a piece came off, is 26 years old.
- Of the U.S. airlines, only United Airlines has such aircraft in their fleet, 24 flying, and another 28 not currently in service.
- Japan Airlines and ANA Holdings fly this aircraft type, with 13 aircraft in their fleet, respectively. The Japanese aviation authority has instructed local airlines to keep the aircraft in question on the ground.
- Korean Air Lines has said it has flown 6 planes now, with 16 Pratt & Whitney-powered 777s in its fleet, but 10 of them are still on the ground due to the epidemic.
- In addition, Aisana Airlines has 9 aircraft from the model in question, and the airline is currently in discussions with the aircraft manufacturer and local authorities about what to do with the aircraft in circulation.
A Japanese Airlines plane was forced to turn back in early December due to a left engine failure, according to a Japanese traffic agency. An eerily similar problem also occurred with the plane of the Japanese airline, two blades of the left-hand engine were damaged, one suffered a fatigue fracture. And the This was not the first time with United Airlines that there was a problem with its 777 engine, in February 2018 there was also a problem on a flight to Honolulu 30 minutes after takeoff, but the plane made a safe forced landing. Studies have shown that one of the blades is broken lengthwise, which is the cause of the problem.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration also responded to the incidents, ordered an investigation and added that these blades are only used on Boeing 777 aircraft.
Boeing’s share price has so far been unable to respond to the news as the U.S. stock market has not opened since the weekend incident. Over the past year, shares have plummeted nearly 37 percent amid the coronavirus epidemic, bringing an unprecedented drop in air traffic and unprecedented losses at the aircraft manufacturer’s largest customers, airlines. At the time, in the tragedy of the 737 Max aircraft, Boeing’s stock price plummeted, but it was the airline’s most popular aircraft type, while these 777 aircraft are already being dropped from their fleets by airlines and are already barely flying a few dozen. And thankfully, the accident was less severe than what happened with the 737 MAX machines.
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