Some Boeing 777s grounded worldwide after engine failure
February 22, 2021 - U.S. planemaker Boeing has recommended grounding dozens of its 777 jets around the world following a catastrophic engine failure on a United Airlines plane over Denver on Saturday.
Most carriers that fly the planes with the same engine variant said they would temporarily pull them from service.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration ordered United Airlines to step up inspections of the aircraft after one of its flights made an emergency landing at Denver International Airport on Saturday as pieces of the casing of the engine, a Pratt & Whitney PW4000, rained down on suburban neighbourhoods. None of the 231 passengers or 10 crew were hurt, and the flight landed safely, authorities said. United is among the carriers that has grounded the planes.
About 60 of the PW4000-powered Boeing 777 jets are still flying globally, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. Another 67 of the jets are in storage, although they haven’t officially been retired.
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