The US planemaker Boeing has suggested grounding dozens of its 777 aircraft around the world as an engine failure was reported in one of its jets.
According to the international news agency, United Airlines has grounded 24 of its 777 planes. Japan’s two main airlines have also suspended 32 planes.
Boeing mentioned in a statement that 128 aircraft with the same engine as the Denver plane should be grounded.
“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.” Pratt & Whitney said it had dispatched a team to work with investigators.
The move comes as the plane carrying 231 passengers was compelled to return to Denver airport on Saturday. Fortunately, no casualties or injuries were reported.
United is the only US airline flying this model of 777, with the others being in Japan and South Korea, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
FAA reported that Unites Flight 328 bound for Honolulu faced a failure in its right-hand engine. Debris from the plane was found over a nearby residential area.
FAA has ordered extra inspections of Boeing 777 jets made with Pratt & Whitney 4000 engine. FAA administrator Steve Dickson in a statement, “The agency has ordered extra inspections of
Boeing 777 jets fitted with the Pratt & Whitney 4000 engine following the incident. “We reviewed all available safety data following [Saturday’s] incident,”
“Based on the initial information, we concluded that the inspection interval should be stepped up for the hollow fan blades that are unique to this model of engine, used solely on Boeing 777 airplanes.”
According to the initial findings of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), most of the damage has occurred in the right engine. Two fan blades were fractured and other blades were also affected. Minor damage was seen on the main body of the airplane.