As per reports, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has issued an emergency airworthiness directive after reports of an engine failure of a United Boeing (BA) 777 in Denver was released, requiring stepped-up immediate inspections of similar planes. 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.”
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson stated that 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.”
United is the only U.S. operator with the PW4000 engine type in its fleet.
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