The US Federal Aviation Administration said on Sunday it issued an emergency airworthiness directive after the engine of a Boeing 777 jetliner failed.
Debris from a United Airlines airliner fell over a residential area on Saturday in Denver, Colorado, after one of its engines failed shortly after take-off.
The new Federal Aviation Administration directive requires immediate or intense inspections of similar aircraft.
Federal Aviation Administration Director Steve Dixon said in a statement that the directive covers Boeing 777s equipped with specific Pratt & Whitney BW4000 engines and “this will likely mean that some aircraft will be decommissioned.”
Dickson said that an initial review of the engine failure accident shows that “the time to check the hollow propeller blades that is unique to this model of engines, which is used only on Boeing 777s, should be increased.”
The accident also prompted the Japanese Ministry of Transportation to issue orders to Japan Airlines (Japan Airlines) and ANA Holdings to stop the 32 Boeing 777s operating for the two companies (19 aircraft belonging to “ANA Holdings” and 13 belonging to Japan Airlines. Powered by Pratt & Whitney BW.4000 engines
The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane, which suffered an engine failure on Saturday, returned safely to Denver International Airport. No injuries were reported.
Flight 328 was en route from Denver to Honolulu when the accident occurred.
Police in Broomfield, about 48 kilometers west of Denver International Airport, posted pictures on Twitter that showed large bits of debris in the backyards of homes.
United Airlines reported to CNN that there were 241 people on board, including 10 crew members.
The company said the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.
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