Japan Grounds All Boeing 777 Planes After Denver Engine Fire

Lawrence Kim
February 22, 2021

Nobody on board or on the ground was injured.

USA regulators announced extra inspections on Boeing Co 777 jets using the same type of engine that shed debris over Denver on Saturday, while Japan went further and suspended their use while it considers what action to take.

A spokeswoman for South Korea's transport ministry said it was monitoring the situation but had not yet taken any action.

Meanwhile, Japan has ordered Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airlines to ground their fleets of Boeing 777-200 airliners equipped with PW4000 engines and is banning 777s from other countries with those engines from landing, taking off or overflying the country.

US aviation regulators ordered emergency inspections of all Boeing 777 planes equipped with a particular Pratt & Whitney engine model after the blades on one of the engines failed Saturday over suburban Denver, spraying metal debris over a wide area.

United Airlines is the only USA operator of the planes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

United Airlines Flight 328 experienced a failure of the right engine and quickly returned to the airport, leaving a roughly one-mile long trail of debris in a nearby residential neighborhood.

"We reviewed all available safety data following yesterday's incident", Dickson said Sunday. The inspections apply to Boeing 777s equipped with PW4000 engines made by Raytheon Technologies Corp.'s Pratt & Whitney division. 777s equipped with the engine that failed Saturday over Denver as USA aviation regulators ordered emergency inspections of the model's fan blades.

The FAA's aviation safety experts are meeting with Pratt & Whitney and Boeing to finalize the details of the Airworthiness Directive.

USA regulators have announced extra inspections on Boeing 777 jets that use the same type of engine that scattered debris over Denver on Saturday.

"Looking at the photographs I've seen, it appears that a piece of one of the fan blades, those are the large blades you can see when you're looking from the engine from outside, there's a piece of a fan blade missing, and I can't tell from another photograph if there's another fan blade completely missing", Haueter said.

It said the inlet and casing separated from the engine and two fan blades were fractured, while the remainder of the fan blades exhibited damage.

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