Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Dozens of Boeing 777 aircraft in-grounded around the world, Monday (22/2/2021). This follows an incident that hit United Airlines, which experienced engine failure and wreckage scattered in the suburbs of Denver, USA, Saturday (20/2/2021).
The incident occurred when the plane was flying and suddenly part of the engine caught fire and broke off. Finally, the plane returned to the airport. This prompted United Airlines to discontinue use of all aircraft with the Pratt & Whitney 4000 engines.
Although no one was injured, this is the latest setback for Boeing. Whereas previously, the company had just received a fresh breeze because it could continue the delivery of the new 737 MAX jet, after the fatal crash of Lion Air (2018) and Ethiopian Airlines (2019).
The US regulator announced it would carry out additional inspections. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), it will first review all aircraft safety data.
“Based on preliminary information, we concluded that the inspection interval should be increased for the fan blades for this engine model, which is only used on Boeing 777 aircraft,” said the FAA.
Japan also suspended the use of this type of Boeing aircraft. Japan’s transport ministry ordered two airlines, Japan Airlines Co Ltd (JAL) and ANA Holdings Inc to suspend use of the 777 aircraft with PW 4000 engines while considering whether to take additional action.
Previously, the Ministry of Transportation recorded an incident on 4 December 2020 involving a JAL flight from Naha Airport to Tokyo International Airport. The plane was forced to return to the airport due to damage to the left engine about 100 kilometers north of Naha Airport.
The plane is the same age as the United Airlines plane involved in Saturday’s incident, 26 years old. Reporting from Reuters, Korean Air Lines Co Ltd has banned six Boeing 777 jets with certain engine types from operating.
The UK is also holding a temporary flight ban. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said temporary restrictions were being placed on jets equipped with Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 series engines. “I will continue to work with (British Civil Aviation Authority) to monitor the situation,” he was quoted as saying AFP.
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