Updated February 22, 2021, 4:22 pm
- After a Boeing 777 engine failure over the USA, the company recommends that its customers leave 777 aircraft on the ground for the time being.
- Great Britain reacts by blocking its airspace for appropriately equipped machines, as does Japan.
- A second accident with a Boeing occurred over the Netherlands.
After the engine failure of a Boeing 777 not far from Denver in the state of Colorado, the US aircraft company called on its customers around the world to leave 128 machines of this type on the ground for the time being.
Boeing said it is recommending that the 69 operating and 59 stored 777s with Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines be suspended while the NTSB investigation is ongoing.
The US aviation authority FAA also announced consequences. Machines of this type, which are equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney engines, should be intensified and checked immediately, said FAA chief Steve Dickson on Sunday (local time) and announced a corresponding emergency policy. “This will likely mean that some aircraft will have to be taken out of service.” The number of inspections should be increased.
Boeing announced that it supports the measures of the Japanese Civil Aviation Authority and the FAA to suspend the operation of the machines and is working with them.
Great Britain announced on Monday that it would initially close its airspace for 777 machines with the affected engine type. In close cooperation with the air traffic control authority, the situation is now being observed, wrote British Transport Minister Grant Shapps on the online service Twitter.
After engine failure: Large aircraft parts crash into residential areas
On Saturday, as a result of the engine failure, large aircraft parts fell as rubble in residential areas not far from Denver. Residents of the Denver suburb of Broomfield found fallen aircraft parts. The United Airlines (UA) Boeing 777 landed safely at Denver International Airport with 241 people on board.
The re were no reports of injuries – either on board or on the ground. The machine was on its way from Denver to the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu. According to the FAA, the right engine of the machine failed shortly after takeoff. On video recordings of a passenger it could be seen that the cowling of the burning engine had fallen off.
Something similar happened in the Netherlands on Saturday: the pilot of a 747-400 cargo plane reported problems shortly after take-off from Maastricht Aachen airport; according to the authorities on Sunday, an engine burned. The police announced on Monday that they were investigating; Boeing is being interviewed.
The Boeing 747 was supposed to fly pharmaceutical products to New York, among other things; it landed in Liège, Belgium. In Meerssen near Maastricht “numerous rubble” fell, said Mayor Mirjam Clermonts-Aretz. An elderly woman and a child were injured.
Japanese Ministry of Transport announces flight ban for affected aircraft
Meanwhile, the Japanese Ministry of Transport ordered a flight ban for aircraft equipped with the affected engines in their own country as a precaution. This affects 13 aircraft from Japan Airlines (JAL) and 19 aircraft from All Nippon Aiwars (ANA), as the Ministry announced in Tokyo.
United Airlines announced that it is voluntarily removing 24 Pratt & Whitney 4000 Series Boeing 777 aircraft from its flight plan as an immediate precaution. It should be ensured that these aircraft meet the strict safety standards and can be put back into service. The re are currently 52 of these aircraft in the fleet – 24 active and 28 in storage.
For Boeing, the engine problems are another blow. After two crashes with several hundred deaths, the 737 MAX machines were banned from flying for almost two years; Boeing had to revise the technology of the machines. Up until the crashes, the machine had been the company’s bestseller. Boeing made a loss of nearly twelve billion dollars in 2020. (dpa / AFP / ari / hau)
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