FAA orders inspections of Boeing 777s after engine failure on United flight

Residents take photos of debris that fell from the engine of a United Airlines aircraft in the Broomfield neighborhood outside of Denver, Colorado on February 20, 2021. A United Airlines flight suffered a fiery engine failure shortly after taking off from Denver on Feb. 20 en route to Hawaii, where massive debris is falling on a residential area before a safe emergency landing, officials said.

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United Airlines said Sunday that it will temporarily remove 24 of its Boeing 777s out of service after one of the aircraft suffered an Engine failure over the weekend, which resulted in an emergency landing.

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration announced on Sunday that the agency would order the inspection of some Boeing 777 jetliners powered by the same Pratt and Whitney engine, the PW4000.

The Japanese aviation authority has ordered airlines to suspend flights from aircraft with this type of engine until further notice, according to the FAA. United is the only US airline with this type of engine in its fleet, the agency added.

United Flight 328 landed at Denver International Airport shortly after take-off on Saturday afternoon after the right engine failed. No one was injured on board, but debris, including what appeared to be the large engine cover, fell nearby.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating the incident.

“We checked all available safety data after yesterday’s incident. Based on the initial information, we concluded that the inspection interval for the hollow fan blades, which applies only to this engine model, which is only used in Boeing 777 aircraft, has been extended should be, “FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said in a statement.

United has another 28 of these aircraft in its fleet that are currently in storage. Airlines parked or retired dozens of planes after demand plummeted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Engine maker Pratt and Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies Unit, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

United Boeing 777 suffers engine failure after takeoff from Denver, particles discovered however no accidents

A United Airlines plane

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ON United Airlines Boeing The 777-200 heading for Honolulu suffered an engine failure shortly after taking off from Denver on Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The plane returned to Denver, where it landed safely. Pictures shared on social media showed what appeared to be part of the engine cover outside a house while police shared pictures of other debris. United said no injuries were reported on board the flight.

“The FAA is aware of reports of debris near the aircraft’s flight path,” the agency said in a statement.

The plane left Denver International Airport shortly after 1:00 p.m. mountain time and returned to the airport less than 30 minutes later, according to flight tracking site Flightradar24.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA said they are investigating the incident. The Broomfield Police Department in Colorado said the plane dropped debris in several neighborhoods and warned not to touch or move any part of the plane.

United Flight 328, a twin-engine wide-body Boeing 777, was carrying 231 passengers and 10 crew when the right engine failed, United said.

United said it is in contact with the FAA, NTSB as well as local law enforcement agencies about the flight.

“All passengers and crew were dropped off and transported back to the terminal,” United said in a statement in Denver. The airline said most of the passengers on the flight had been rebooked and en route to Honolulu on a different flight, while those who did not want to be rebooked on Saturday were given hotel stays.

“Extremely infrequent engine failures like this prove that there is no substitute for experience and that the most important aircraft safety system is two well-trained, highly skilled, professional pilots working on the controls on the flight deck,” said the Air Line Pilots Association union, which runs the Representing United pilots.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents United cabin crews, said its staff support and safety committees provide assistance to the crews.

“We are grateful that the plane landed safely,” said the union.

Boeing said it had received reports of the incident. Flightradar24 said the plane was powered by two Pratt and Whitney PW4000 engines. The Raytheon Technologies The device did not immediately respond to a request for comment.