A transport Boeing 747-400 took off on Sunday, February 21 from the Dutch Maastricht Hella Hendriks airport, and a moment later, flames began to emerge from one of the engines. The plane was supposed to fly to New York, but it had an emergency landing at the Liege airport in Belgium.
Metal parts of the machine began to fall to the ground, causing damage, said an airport spokeswoman, – shrapnel damaged cars and homes, and injured a woman. At least several dozen pieces, 5 to 25 centimeters long, were to fall to the ground.
Boeing 747 crash over the Netherlands. Engine fault?
According to the Daily News, the damaged plane used a Pratt & Whitney 4000 engine. Recently, a similar failure occurred also in the Boeing 777 flying from Denver to Honolulu. Soon after take-off, the right engine failed and started to burn. Fragments of the machine also began to fall to the ground. There were 231 passengers and 10 crew members on board. One of the travelers recorded a burning engine. The situation looked very dangerous.
The Boeing 777 was also equipped with a Pratt & Whitney 4000 engine. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered additional inspections. In his statement, he writes that there is a need for more frequent maintenance of aircraft equipped with this particular engine. United Airlines has said it is temporarily excluding Boeing 777s from its fleet as a precautionary measure.
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