The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warns of immediate investigations into the Boeing 777 after an aircraft made an emergency landing in Denver with major engine problems.
United Airlines’ flight had problems with the right engine shortly after departure from Denver International Airport on Saturday. The engine caught fire, and parts fell into a residential area. The plane was going to Honolulu.
– We have reviewed all available safety information after the incident, the FAA reports in one statement Sunday.
The conclusion is that the blades on the aircraft’s Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engine will be examined further. These blades are only used on the Boeing 777 aircraft.
United Airlines announced shortly after 24 planes with the same engine were immediately put on the ground to be on the safe side.
The aircraft manufacturer Boeing also recommends that the use of aircraft type 777 with the same type of engine be stopped, writes Reuters. A total of 69 aircraft were in operation, while 59 aircraft were parked due to the reduced air traffic, according to Boeing.
The aircraft types 777–200 and 777–300 that are affected are older aircraft that most airlines are phasing out.
The Japanese Ministry of Transport has ordered Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) to put their 777s with P & W4000 engines on the ground.
The ministry states that an aircraft of this model from JAL had to return to Tokyo International Airport in early December due to an engine failure. The plane was 26 years old, the same age as the plane involved in the weekend incident in Denver.
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