U.S. orders extra inspection of some Boeing 777s after United incident, Japan suspends use

2021-02-22 14:17:18 Logistics News (Airlines & Aviation)

U.S. regulators announced extra inspections on Boeing Co 777 jets using the same type of engine that shed debris over Denver on Saturday, while Japan went further and suspended their use while it considers what action to take. The regulatory moves involving Pratt & Whitney 4000 engines came after a United Airlines 777 landed safely at Denver International Airport on Saturday 20 Feb 21 after its right engine failed.

United said on Sunday it would voluntarily and temporarily remove its 24 active planes of the type from its schedule

Images posted by police in Broomfield, Colorado showed significant plane debris on the ground, including an engine cowling scattered outside a home and what appeared to be other parts in a field.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said its initial examination of the plane indicated most of the damage was confined to the right engine, with only minor damage to the airplane. It said the inlet and casing separated from the engine and two fan blades were fractured, while the remainder of the fan blades exhibited damage.

JAL ordered to suspend use of 777s with P&W4000 engines

Japan's transport ministry ordered Japan Airlines Co Ltd (JAL) and ANA Holdings Inc to suspend the use of 777s with P&W4000 engines while it considered whether to take additional measures.

The ministry said that on Dec. 4, 2020, a JAL flight from Naha Airport to Tokyo International Airport returned to the airport due to a malfunction in the left engine about 100 kilometres north of Naha Airport

That plane is the same age as the 26-year-old United Airlines plane involved in Saturday's incident. United is the only U.S. operator of the planes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 The other airlines using them are in Japan and South Korea, the U.S. agency said

A spokeswoman for South Korea's transport ministry said it was monitoring the situation but had not yet taken any action.

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