The Boeing saga continues. This time, the Boeing 757 aircraft of the American carrier Delta Air Lines, which was on its way from Atlanta to Seattle, had to make an emergency landing after the control system warned the crew of a possible fault on one of the engines. Meanwhile, the Netherlands is investigating an incident in which parts of a 747-400 cargo Boeing fell off shortly after takeoff. They both flew an engine of the same brand, Pratt & Whitney, like an unfortunate plane from Denver.
Delta Air Lines ’2123 flight ended prematurely in Salt Lake City on Monday afternoon as a precaution. The landing went smoothly and the engine was not damaged after the first findings of the airport firefighters, Delta’s statement was quoted by several American media, including the Seattle Times.
The 16-year-old Boeing has Pratt & Whitney engines. The engines of the same manufacturer are also fitted with a United Airlines Boeing 777, which caused a panic in the American city of Denver on Saturday.
The plane with 231 passengers and ten crew members blew up its engine, after which it returned safely to the airport in Denver, but the remains of the engine fell on a populated area not far from that city. Fortunately, no one was injured. All Boeing 777 aircraft with the same type of engine were then grounded, and the accident is being investigated by the competent American regulator.
Investigators from the U.S. Aviation Safety Administration (NTSB) then reported Monday night that they found signs of so-called metal fatigue on one of the blades of the engine fan that blew it up. Two engine blades were broken, but it appears that the one with signs of metal fatigue broke off first and then damaged another. Both blades will be transported to the laboratory of the manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, where NTSB inspectors will conduct further investigations, they explained, according to the British BBC.
Waste parts of a cargo Boeing in the Netherlands injured at least two people
At the same time, an investigation is underway in the Netherlands, in which parts of a Longtail Aviation Boeing 747-400 cargo plane also fell off shortly after take-off from Maastricht airport on Saturday. They fell on the smaller town of Meerssen, injuring at least two people. The plane then made an emergency landing in the city of Liege in neighboring Belgium.
The Boeing 747-400 has a Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engine, which is a smaller version of the Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engine that Boeing 777s are equipped with, according to the Reuters news agency.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said on Monday that Saturday’s aircraft problems in Denver and the Netherlands were not linked, according to initial findings.
The latest engine problems represent a new blow for the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing after several high-profile accidents in recent years. In March 2019, for example, all 737 MAX aircraft remained grounded after a total of 346 people died in two crashes.
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