Wednesday, February 24, 2021

U.S. regulator orders urgent inspections of Boeing 777 engines


The US aviation regulator on Sunday demanded urgent inspections of Boeing 777s, the day after a fire in the engine of one of these devices in mid-flight, in the state of Colorado.

“After consulting my team of air safety experts regarding yesterday’s engine failure [sábado] on a Boeing 777 plane in Denver, I asked them to issue an emergency airworthiness directive that requires immediate or thorough inspections of Boeing 777 planes equipped with some Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, “wrote a person in charge of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA, Steve Dickson, on the social network Twitter.

“This will likely mean that some planes will be taken out of service,” he added.

A United Airlines Boeing 777-220, which took off on Saturday from Denver, Colorado, to Honolulu, Hawaii, with 231 passengers and 10 crew members on board, was forced to return to the airport from where it left, after the right engine catches fire in mid-flight.

The plane landed safely at Denver airport and none of the occupants were injured.

Images filmed by a passenger on flight UA328 show the right engine on fire, with the engine’s fuselage destroyed. Parts of the engine fell in a residential area, without causing injuries.

The FAA official said that a preliminary analysis of the safety data revealed the need for further checks on the type of engine affected.

“Based on initial information, we concluded that the interval between inspections should be shortened for the hollow fan blades, which are exclusive to this type of engine, used only in Boeing 777s,” explained the official.

The American manufacturer Boeing has had serious problems in recent years with another of its models, the 737 MAX, which was immobilized for 20 months due to two accidents that caused 346 deaths in six months.

One such device suffered an accident on an Ethiopian Airlines flight in March 2019, which left 157 dead, and on a Lion Air, Indonesia, trip in October 2018, which left 189 dead.

Commercial flights of the Boeing 737 MAX were resumed in December 2020, first in Brazil and then in the United States and Canada, with the first commercial flight in Europe carried out on February 17, by the Belgian airline TUI fly.





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