FAA orders Boeing 777 engine inspection after United Fire

The Aviation Administration has ordered an immediate inspection of Boeing 777 aircraft with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines after a United States aircraft engine burst into flames.

The engine is used on 128 older versions of the jet, accounting for less than 10 percent of the more than 1,600 777 delivered, Reuters reported.

Reportedly, only a few airlines operated them in the US, South Korea and Japan recently.

The FAA that large thermal titanium fan blades on engines should undergo a thermal acoustic image inspection.

The agency stated, “Based on preliminary results, as we obtain them, as well as other data obtained from ongoing investigations, the FAA may modify this directive.

Boeing said it supports the FAA’s inspection guidance and will work through the process with its customers.

National Transportation Safety Board President Robert Sumwal said on Monday that preliminary assessments showed that damage to a fan blade in a joint engine is consistent with metal fatigue.

A United Airlines flight returned to Denver International Airport when its engine caught in flames.
A United Airlines flight returned to Denver International Airport when its engine caught in flames.
Reuters

A spokesman for Pratt, by Reuters Technologies, said the fan blades would have to be shipped to their repair in East Hartford, Connecticut, for the latest inspections, Reuters reported.

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