The burning incident of the United Airlines plane flying to Hawaii on Saturday (20/2) local time made the United States Federal Aviation Authority (US) or FAA increase its inspection of the Boeing 777 type aircraft.
As reported by CNN, Monday (22/2/2021), FAA Administrator, Steve Dickson, stated that increased inspections were made of Boeing 777 aircraft equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines. Some of these types of aircraft, Dickson said, will be grounded from service.
“We reviewed all available safety data after yesterday’s incident,” said Dickson, referring to the incident with the United Airlines airline.
“Based on preliminary information, we conclude that the inspection intervals should be increased for the perforated fan blades unique to this engine model, which is only used on Boeing 777 aircraft,” Dickson said in the statement.
It is known that the Boeing 777-200 aircraft operated by United Airlines on the Denver-Honolulu route experienced an incident with one of the engines burning in the air shortly after takeoff on Saturday (20/2) local time.
Fortunately, the plane, carrying 241 passengers and crew, managed to land safely after flying back to Denver International Airport.
Following the FAA announcement, United Airlines said in a statement that it had “immediately” grounded 24 of its Boeing 777s, which are equipped with Pratt & Whitney 4000 series engines, citing “extreme caution”.
In an incident on Saturday (20/2) local time, one of the engines of United Airlines’ 777-200 aircraft experienced a loud explosion and caught fire in the air shortly after take-off. The cause of this incident is still being investigated.
Photos and videos of the passengers showed one of the plane’s engines spitting flames and the debris falling to the ground under it. When this incident occurred, people in the suburb of Denver rushed for cover to avoid the debris that fell from the plane.
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