Posted: Monday, February 22, 2021. 10:34 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Over the weekend a United Airlines Boeing 777 airplane flying over Denver Colorado, USA, experienced engine failure causing an emergency landing; now all 777’s are being grounded pending inspection, reports the BBC.
Following the incident, Boeing issued a recommendation that 128 planes utilizing a specific engine model be grounded until thorough inspections can be conducted.
“While [an] investigation is ongoing, we recommended suspending operations of the 69 in-service and 59 in-storage 777 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines,” Boeing said.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), said that United, one of the three major carriers of the 777, is the only airline that uses this model aircraft in the US. Japan’s two major airlines also use the 777 as well as Korea Air.
FAA administrator Steve Dickson, sharing initial information from the inspection from the Denver flight 328, that experienced the engine failure on Saturday, said that the inspection interval should be stepped up for the hollow fan blades that are unique to the Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines, which are used solely on Boeing 777 airplanes.
Shortly after takeoff, flight 328, which was bound for Honolulu, Hawaii, started experiencing engine problems. Passenger accounts tell of a loud explosion and that aircraft shaking violently. Below, the unsuspecting town of Broomfield, Colorado was showered with metal debris from the plane engine.
This latest incident follows the 2019 grounding of another type of Boeing aircraft, the 737 Max, after a series of mechanical problems on several flights caused the deaths of over 300 people.
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