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FAA orders stepped up inspections on some Boeing 777s after engine failure incident
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Sunday it will be stepping up inspections of Boeing 777s that contain the same engine model that failed over Denver this weekend, with some likely to be removed from service."After consulting with my team of aviation safety experts about yesterday's engine failure aboard a Boeing 777 airplane in Denver, I have directed them to issue an Emergency Airworthiness Directive that would require immediate or stepped-up inspections of Boeing 777 airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines," Steve Dickson, FAA Administrator said in a statement posted on Twitter.
In the aftermath of an engine fire on a Boeing on a route between Denver and Honolulu, the aviation authority ordered the aircraft manufacturer to carry out further inspections of its fleet.
The US Federal Civil Aviation Administration (FAA) on Sunday announced it was issuing an emergency directive afterin Denver, calling for enhanced inspection of similar planes.
Statement from FAA Administrator Steve Dickson.
This isn't the first time a United Airlines flight experienced a right engine failure
Saturday's dramatic engine failure on a United Airlines flight is the second time since 2018 that the right engine failed during a United flight.It's the second time in three years that the right engine failed during a United Airlines flight.
- The FAA ️ (@FAANews)
Steve Dickson, the director of the FAA, said the directive applies to777s equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines individuals, adding that this " certainly means that some aircraft will have to be taken out of service" .
In a statement, he added that early evidence on Saturday's Colorado incident indicated that the "inspection interval should be increased for hollow blades specific to this type of engine, used only on Boeing 777 aircraft ».24 suspended aircraft
United Airlines is the only US airline to have in its fleet ofaircraft with PW4000 engines.
Shortly after the FAA's announcement, United said it was suspending the use of its 24 Boeing 777s equipped with PW4000 engines and discussing with US regulators possible additional measures needed to ensure the return to service these devices safely.
On Saturday, an aircraft making a flight between Denver (Colorado) and Honolulu (Hawaii) with 231 passengers and 10 crew members, had been forced to make an emergency U-turn due to the fire in its turbojet engine law.
The aircraft had landed safely at the Denver airport from where it had just taken off, and none of its occupants were injured.
Video taken by a passenger on flight UA328 shows the plane's right engine in flames and shows that the damaged engine fairing is completely missing.
As the Boeing returned to the airport, a shower of debris, some large, fell over a residential area in Broomfield, a town on the outskirts of Denver. No one was hit on the ground.
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