The American aircraft manufacturer Boeing is requesting the grounding of 128 of its 777 type commercial planes around the world. The call follows the spectacular reactor fire on one of its aircraft over Colorado.
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 his right reactor.
No one was injured, but debris rained down on a residential area in suburban Denver.
“While the investigation is ongoing, we have recommended suspending operations of the 69 777 aircraft in service and 59 stock aircraft equipped with Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines,” Boeing said in a statement on Sunday.
The US Federal Aviation Regulatory Authority (FAA) had already requested additional inspections on some of the aircraft of the same type earlier.
Immediate reactions from several companies
The company victim of the incident, United Airlines, the two main Japanese companies, JAL and ANA, as well as Korean Air, South Korea’s largest airline, have already grounded their aircraft equipped with a engine similar to the one that caused the problem. A total of 62 devices are affected.
New troubles after those of the 737 MAX
Boeing 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 people.
After more than 20 months of prohibition, a modification of the flight control software and the implementation of new pilot training protocols, the aircraft was again authorized to fly at the end of last year.
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