Boeing recommends airlines suspend use of some 777s after United incident

Boeing recommends airlines suspend use of some 777s after United incident

Boeing recommends airlines suspend use of some 777s after United incident

By / World News / Monday, 22 February 2021 04:40
Boeing Co said it recommended suspending the use of 777 jets with the same type of engine that shed debris over Denver at the weekend after U.S. regulators announced extra inspections and Japan suspended their use while considering further action. Boeing Co said it recommended suspending the use of 777 jets with the same type of engine that shed debris over Denver at the weekend after U.S. regulators announced extra inspections and Japan suspended their use while considering further action. The moves involving Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines came after a United Airlines 777 landed safely in Denver on Saturday local time after its right engine failed. Boeing said 69 of the planes were in service and 59 were in storage, at a time when airlines have grounded planes due to a plunge in demand associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The manufacturer recommended airlines suspend operations until U.S. regulators identified the appropriate inspection protocol.The 777-200s and 777-300s affected are older and less fuel efficient than newer models and most operators are phasing them out of their fleets. Images posted by police in Broomfield, Colorado showed significant plane debris on the ground, including an engine cowling from the 26-year-old plane scattered outside a home. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said itsinitial examination of the plane indicated most of the damagewas confined to the right engine, with only minor damage to the airplane. It said the inlet and casing separated from the engine andtwo fan blades were fractured, while the remainder of the fan blades exhibited damage. Japan's transport ministry ordered Japan Airlines Co Ltd(JAL) and ANA Holdings Inc to suspend the useof 777s with PW4000 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 returned to Naha due to a malfunction in the left engine. Japan Transport Safety Board said on Dec. 28 that it had found two of the left engine's fan blades were damaged, one froma fatigue fracture. The investigation is ongoing. "We reviewed all available safety data," the FAA said in astatement. "Based on the initial information, we concluded that the inspection interval should be stepped up for the hollow fanblades that are unique to this model of engine, used solely onBoeing 777 airplanes." Japan said ANA operated 19 of the type and JAL operated 13of them, though the airlines said their use had been reducedduring the pandemic. JAL said its fleet was due for retirementby March 2022. Pratt & Whitney, owned by Raytheon Technologies Corp, said it was coordinating with operators and regulatorsto support a revised inspection interval for the engines. An official at South Korea's transport ministry said it waswaiting for formal action by the FAA before giving a directiveto its airlines. The U.S. agency said it would soon issue anemergency airworthiness directive.Korean Air Lines Co Ltd said it had 16 of theplanes, 10 of them stored, and it would consult with therelevant authorities.

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