Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The black series continues, 128 planes in the world grounded


All Boeing 777s equipped with the Pratt & Whitney engine model have been grounded since Sunday following the recommendation of the American aircraft manufacturer. A shutdown express after an engine failure on a United Airlines flight from Denver to Honolulu. An investigation is underway.

On Saturday the 231 passengers and 10 crew members of United Airlines were forced to turn around after the right engine ignited, shortly after takeoff, of the Boeing 777 bound for Honolulu (Hawaii). The device “turned back to Denver International Airport where he landed safely after suffering a failure of his right engine just after take offThe US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Twitter. However, the passengers were taken care of by rescue teams.

An incident without injuries

David Delucia, passenger aboard flight UA328 admits to having been afraid of his life. He gave his testimony to The Denver Post newspaper: “I can honestly say that I thought I was going to die, because we started to lose altitude right after the explosion. I grabbed my wife’s hand and said: we’re done. Images taken inside the plane and posted on social networks testify to the conflagration of the reactor in question, but also to the applause of the travelers once they arrived in Denver. United Airlines said in a statement that the majority of travelers were affected on other flights to Honolulu, while adding that passengers not wishing to travel immediately after the incident had been accommodated at the hotel.

No injuries on board or on the ground, but the incident nonetheless caused debris to fall throughout its return to Denver airport. Some residents have to their surprise discovered this plane debris in the vicinity of Broomfield, Colorado. This is the case of Kirby Clements who to his amazement discovered a piece of airplane in the shape of a circle, with a diameter equivalent to a front door, planted in the middle of his garden. For the purposes of the investigation, the Federal Transport Safety Authority (National Transportation Safety Board) urged residents via Twitter not to touch or move the debris.

Ongoing investigations

In the aftermath of the incident, the FAA ordered additional inspections of Boeing 777s equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney engines. Also on Twitter, Steve Dickson, one of the FAA officials released a statement announcing the immediate inspection of the aircraft in question: “After consulting with my team of aviation safety experts about yesterday’s engine failure [samedi] aboard a Boeing 777 aircraft in Denver, I asked them to issue an Emergency Airworthiness Directive that would require immediate or in-depth inspections of Boeing 777 aircraft equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines. He also indicated that a preliminary examination of the safety data had revealed the need for additional checks of the fan blades of the affected reactor. The United States National Transportation and Safety Board is also investigating the incident.

128 planes shut down worldwide

Several airlines, including the American United Airlines, victim of the incident, decided to stop their commercial planes on Sunday and Monday. The two major Japanese airlines, Japan Airlines (JAL) and ANA (All Nippon Airways), as well as Asiana Airlines, the South Korean air carrier, have also announced the immobilization of their machines with a similar engine, in response to the recommendation of the American aircraft manufacturer which on Sunday called for the grounding of 128 commercial type 777 planes. In Japan, the transport ministry said it had ordered more stringent engine inspections after a JAL 777 plane in departure from Tokyo Haneda to Naha on the island of Okinawa, had problems with a similar engine two months ago, in December.

In Europe, the United Kingdom announced Monday to ban its airspace to the Boeing 777s concerned.

Boeing once again undermined

The American aircraft manufacturer is not its first controversy. In March 2019, another model, the 737 MAX was banned from flight for almost two years after two crashes that left 346 dead. In question, a flight control software, the MCAS, which was racing, putting the aircraft in a nose-down despite the pilots’ efforts to deactivate it. Under pressure and at the cost of billions of dollars, Boeing had to modify its software, including MCAS, and admit that pilots needed additional training. Boeing also faced problems with the long-haul 787, the Dreamliner, whose deliveries were delayed in the summer after manufacturing defects were discovered. Boeing recorded a loss of $ 11.9 billion in 2020, the largest in its history.

In the midst of a global pandemic and falling air traffic, this additional bad news is part of a long black series in Boeing’s history.

TV news from 02/22/2021

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