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