Boeing has recommended to suspend the operations of the 69 aircraft of the model 777 that are in service and of the 59 in storage, all of them with engines of the type “Pratt & Whitney”, after the incident that occurred on Saturday with one of them in flight . An airplane of the United Airlines company that left the American city of Denver bound for Honolulu, Hawaii, had to return from emergency after a failure in its right engine shortly after taking off and that some parts of the engine fell on a neighborhood from the state capital of Colorado.
“Boeing is actively inspecting the incident related to United Airlines Flight 328. While the investigation (by authorities) is ongoing, we recommend suspending operations of the 69 777 aircraft in service and the 59 in storage with ‘Pratt engines. & Whitney 4000-112 ‘, until the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identifies the appropriate inspection protocol. “
“Boeing supports the decision taken this Sunday by the Civil Aviation Office of Japan and the initiative of this Monday of the FAA to suspend the operations of 777 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines,” the aeronautical company said.
The decision came after the incident recorded last Saturday by one of these United Airlines company planes that departed from the American city of Denver, Colorado, bound for Honolulu, Hawaii.
The ship had to return from emergency after suffering problems with an engine, whose parts fell on a suburb of the capital of the state of Colorado, informed the authorities.
The plane, a Boeing 777-200, returned to Denver International Airport and landed “safely, after experiencing a failure in its right engine shortly after taking off,” the AFA said in a statement. The 241 people on board, including 231 passengers and 10 crew members were unharmed, with debris falling from the burning engine spreading through three nearby neighborhoods, causing no injuries.
Shortly after the event, United Airlines said it grounded 24 of its Boeing 777s. “We voluntarily and temporarily shut down 24 Boeing 777 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000 series engines from our program.” the company said on its Twitter account.
The company says it will continue “to work closely with regulators to determine any additional steps and we expect that only a small number of customers will experience problems.”
“Safety continues to be our top priority, which is why our teams participate in extensive training to prepare and manage incidents such as (the Denver flight) UA328,” concludes the airline.
According to local US media, based on the most recent aircraft registration data, the only airlines operating with the affected engines are in the United States, Japan and South Korea.