The United Kingdom has decided to ban its airspace to Boeing 777s equipped with the engines involved in the spectacular fire over Colorado, the British Minister for Transport announced on Monday.
“After this weekend’s troubles, Boeing 777s with Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines will be temporarily barred from entering UK airspace,” Grant Shapps wrote on Twitter.
The British civil aviation authority clarified that these devices, immobilized by the manufacturer, were not used by British companies.
This type of device “is operated by companies in the United States, Japan and South Korea,” said the CAA.
A United Airlines Denver-Honolulu flight had to return to land urgently on Saturday, less than half an hour after takeoff, after a failure of its right engine causing a fire and a rain of massive debris on the ground. There was no casualty.
The American manufacturer had “recommended” the suspension of the flights of 128 aircraft equipped with these engines Sunday evening. Since then, the companies which use these devices – the American United Airlines, the Japanese ANA and JAL as well as the Korean Asiana Airlines – have grounded the devices in question.
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