US This isn't the first time a United Airlines flight experienced a right engine failure
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The dramaticflung debris across neighborhoods outside Denver and caused the airline to ground more than 20 planes out of caution.
It's the second time in three years that the right engine failed during a United Airlines flight.
In 2018, a Boeing 777 bound for Honolulu. Though the plane safely landed, the passengers onboard were terrified.
United Plane Showers Debris Near Denver After Engine Failure
A Boeing 777-200 operated by United Airlines made an emergency return to Denver International Airport on Saturday following an engine failure that rained debris on a city suburb. The airline said no-one aboard was injured. United Flight 328 was headed from Denver to Honolulu when the incident occurred around 1:30 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said by email. The plane landed safely back at Denver after its right engine failed, the FAA said in a statement. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
Like the plane involved in Saturday's engine failure, the Boeing in 2018 was headed for Hawaii, too. Both were powered by engines from the same company.
Investigators haven't yet determined the cause of Saturday's engine failure. If the outcome is the same as in 2018, the engine's fan blades may have played a part.
The 2018 flight to Honolulu
In February 2018,took off from San Francisco toward Honolulu. More than 370 people were on board.
Less than an hour away from the Hawaii capital, passengers heard pieces of metal rattling loudly, and the plane started to shake. Outside, the plane's right engine was exposed, its cover lost over the Pacific Ocean.
The plane landed safely in Honolulu, though the remainder of the flight was tense. One passenger called it the "scariest flight of [her] life."
Passenger video shows terrifying moment United Flight 328 engine caught fire
People aboard the flight, which carried 231 travelers and 10 crew members, recorded the engine in flames as it sailed through the sky. Video showed the frightening sight of the plane’s motor stripped down and on fire.The plane's crew managed to land safely back at Denver following the brief, but harrowing, departure.Authorities asked residents in the Broomfield area to leave the metal parts that fell from the sky as investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board "wants all debris to remain in place for investigation.”Broomfield police said Saturday there were no reports of injuries.
The planes were powered by similar engines
The Boeing 777 involved in the 2018 incident was powered by Pratt & Whitney's PW4000 112-inch engines. The engine damaged on Saturday outside Denver was also a Pratt & Whitney engine, the PW4077.
In its final report of the 2018 incident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that an engine blade failed and United mechanics didn't have the proper training to inspect blades.
It's too early to tell if issues with fan blades caused Saturday's engine failure. But an initial examination by the NTSB did find that two fan blades were fractured, and the remaining blades exhibited damage "to the tips and leading edges."
Pratt & Whitney said Monday it's sending a team to work with NTSB investigators to figure out what went wrong.
Another aircraft with a Pratt & Whitney engine was grounded on Saturday: A cargo-carrying Boeing 747's engine failed in the Netherlands. It, too, was powered by a PW4000.
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.
Countries restrict planes with the same engine
Boeingwith the Pratt & Whitney 4000 engines, and several countries have since banned, grounded or opened investigations into planes with the same engine.
United said Sunday it would immediately pull 24 planes from flying "out of an abundance of caution." The company said its move was voluntary and temporary and should disrupt only "a small number of customers."
The United Kingdom said Monday it will temporarily ban Boeing 777s with PW4000 engines from entering UK airspace. Also on Monday, Japan ordered all domestic airlines to halt all Boeing 777s with the same engines, which impacts a combined 32 aircraft.
South Korea's Asiana Airlines has also grounded its fleet of Boeing 777 planes, which are also powered by PW4000 engines.
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After an engine failure, a Boeing 777 made an emergency landing in the Russian capital Moscow. © Provided by Finanz.net MIKE CLARKE / AFP / Getty Images A few days after the engine failure of an Boeing 777 in the USA, another wide-body jet of this type made an emergency landed in the Russian capital Moscow. On the flight from Hong Kong to Madrid there were problems with the left engine on Friday night, several Russian media reported unanimously, citing unspecified sources.