United Airlines grounds Boeing planes after engine failure
Published: 10:47 AM, 22 February 2021 Updated: 02:33 PM, 22 February 2021
The Honolulu bound United Flight 328 with 231 passengers and 10 crew members on board returned to the airport after suffering an engine issue on Saturday; Photo: Collected
United Airlines is grounding 24 planes of Boeing 777 aircraft after one of its jets suffered engine failure after take-off on Saturday.
Accroding to a statement by United Airlines, a plane of Boeing 777, carrying 231 passengers and 10 crew, was forced to return to Denver airport, but no injuries were reported.
“The plane’s debris was found scattered over a nearby residential area,” the aviation company said.
Japan, meanwhile, asked all airlines using Boeing 777s with the same Pratt & Whitney 4000 engine to avoid its airspace - in response to the incident.
Boring said the company supported Japan’s decision, recommending suspension of operations of all Boeing 777s with the same engine while an investigation into the incident continues. “There are 69 Boeing 777s currently in service worldwide with this engine,” the aircraft manufacturer says.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), United Flight 328, bound for Honolulu, suffered a failure in its right-hand engine. The agency has ordered investigations of Boeing 777 jets fitted with the Pratt & Whitney 4000 engine after the incident.
“We reviewed all available safety data following yesterday’s incident,” said FAA administrator Steve Dickson in a statement.
He added the agency concluded the inspection based on initial information and made a decision that the interval should be stepped up for the hollow fan blades that are unique to this model of engine, used solely on Boeing 777 airplanes.