The Boeing 777-200, with 231 passengers and 10 crew members on board, bound for Honolulu, Hawaii, suffered a severe engine failure shortly after take-off. According to the images captured from the incident, either from the ground or from inside the aircraft, the engine was completely destroyed and on fire. Engine debris that fell in a residential area was also identified. Despite the scare, there were no injuries and the plane managed to return to the airport and land without problems.
The North American manufacturer Boeing, following the event, today recommended the immobilization of 128 aircraft of the model 777 that are in service or stored.
Boeing 777 engine explodes in mid-flight
The images are fully descriptive of the problem that could have had serious consequences. However, the Boeing 777-200 managed to return to Denver airport and none of the occupants were injured.
In the course of this incident, while the investigation [das autoridades] is in progress, the American company recommends suspending operations of the 69 777 aircraft in service and 59 in storage with Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines.
— Average Joe (@elzalyff) February 21, 2021
There are several images, either from the ground plane or from inside the plane, showing the right engine on fire.
The entire fuselage of the engine is destroyed and some parts of the engine have fallen into a residential area. Fortunately, they did not cause injuries.
The American aviation regulator, shortly after the accident, demanded urgent inspections of Boeing 777 planes equipped with the same type of engine.
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 airplanes equipped with some Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines.
This will likely mean that some planes will be taken out of service
Wrote a head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Steve Dickson, on Twitter.
The FAA official, in a preliminary analysis of the safety data, revealed the need for additional checks on the type of engine affected.
Based on initial information, we conclude that the interval between inspections should be shortened for hollow fan blades, which are exclusive to this type of engine, used only in Boeing 777s.
He referred to the FAA.
According to North American media, the only airlines that use this model are located in the United States, Japan and South Korea.
The problems seem to be back to the American aviation giant, which recently had serious problems with the 737 MAX models. As we remember, these devices were immobilized for 20 months due to two accidents that caused 346 deaths in six months.
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