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FAA orders stepped-up inspections of Boeing 777s after United engine failure

FAA orders stepped-up inspections of Boeing 777s after United engine failure

Pieces of an airplane engine from Flight 328 sit scattered in a neighborhood on Feb. 20, 2021 in Broomfield, Col. An engine on the Boeing 777 exploded after takeoff from Denver prompting the flight to return to Denver International Airport where it landed safely.

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Sunday it is issuing an emergency airworthiness directive following an engine failure of a United Boeing 777 in Denver, requiring immediate or stepped-up inspections of similar planes.

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said in a statement late Sunday the directive covers Boeing 777 airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines and it “will likely mean that some airplanes will be removed from service.”

Dickson said the initial review of Saturday’s engine failure shows “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.”

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United is the only U.S. operator with the PW4000 engine type in its fleet.

Published at Mon, 22 Feb 2021 00:25:31 +0000

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