Boeing has recommended that airlines ground all of its 777s with the type of engine that suffered a catastrophic failure over Denver on the weekend.
A United Airlines plane’s right engine blew apart just after takeoff. Pieces of the casing of the engine, a Pratt & Whitney PW4000, rained down on suburban neighbourhoods.
The plane made an emergency landing at Denver International Airport. None of the 231 passengers or 10 crew on board was reported hurt, authorities said.
U.S. regulators have ordered United Airlines to step up inspections of Boeing’s 777 aircraft, and United is temporarily removing the aircraft from service.
WATCH | Boeing recommends grounding certain 777s after engine failure:
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Steve Dickson said in a statement Sunday that based on an initial review of safety data, inspectors “concluded that the inspection interval should be stepped up for the hollow fan blades that are unique to this model of engine, used solely on Boeing 777 airplanes.”
The statement said that would likely mean some planes would be grounded — and Boeing said they should be until the FAA sets an inspection regime. Japan, meanwhile, also ordered the planes out of service, according to the financial newspaper Nikkei, while saying that an engine in the same family suffered trouble in December…