The aircraft manufacturer is still suffering from the crisis of the 737 MAX, its flagship aircraft which was grounded in May 2019 after two close accidents that killed 346.
Another blow for Boeing. All the 777s equipped with the engine model involved in the spectacular jet engine fire on Saturday, February 20 over Colorado (western United States), or 128 in total, were grounded in the world.
An event that occurs as the aircraft manufacturer, affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and its catastrophic consequences on international air transport, is still recovering from the crisis of the 737 MAX, its flagship aircraft which had been grounded in May 2019 after two close accidents which left 346 dead.
A United Airlines Boeing 777-220, which had taken off Saturday from Denver (Colorado) for Honolulu (Hawaii) with 231 passengers and 10 crew members, had to make an emergency U-turn after the fire in its right reactor.
The aircraft was able to land safely at Denver Airport and none of its occupants were injured. As the Boeing returned to the airport, debris, some large, fell in a residential area in Broomfield, a suburb of Denver. No one was injured on the ground, according to local authorities.
Since then, the company United Airlines, victim of the incident, the two large Japanese companies, JAL and ANA, as well as the South Korean air carrier Asiana Airlines have also announced, Sunday and Monday, the stop of flights of their devices.
The US Federal Aviation Regulatory Authority (FAA) has ordered additional inspections on some Boeing 777. The United Kingdom for its part decided on Monday to ban its airspace to Boeing 777s equipped with the engines in question.
“While the investigation is ongoing, we have recommended that the operations of the 69 777 aircraft in service and the 59 aircraft in stock equipped with Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines be suspended.”Boeing said in a statement on Sunday.
“You have to sift through the engines that are in service to see if there are any cracks, and understand what happened”, explained Michel Merluzeau, expert from Air Insight Research. “We have to determine if it is a metallurgical, maintenance, manufacturing or operational problem, it will take some time”, he added.
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