The aircraft manufacturer Boeing recommended this Sunday the suspension of operations for more than 120 model 777 aircraft , after pieces of one of them fell this Saturday in a neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, after an engine failure.
The company explained in a statement that 69 planes were operational for flights, while 59 were in storage. All of them are Boeing 777s with a Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engine , the same one that carried the failed aircraft, operated by United Airlines.
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This took off in Denver and was scheduled to land in Honolulu, in the Hawaiian Islands, but had to return to the departure airport after failing. It landed safely, and none of the 231 passengers and 10 crew on board were injured, according to authorities. There were also no casualties in the affected Denver suburb.
Regulators from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered United Airlines on Sunday to increase inspections of all its Pratt & Whitney 4000-112- equipped Boeing 777s .
Pieza de un avión Boeing 777 caída en un suburbio de Denver, Colorado, tras un fallo en un vuelo de United.
Part of a Boeing 777 plane crashed in a suburb of Denver, Colorado, after a United flight failure. AFP via Getty Images
The National Transportation Safety Board said in a separate statement that two of the engine blades on the Denver plane broke and the rest “showed damage.”
Federal authorities indicate that only the United States, Japan and South Korea use this type of aircraft, and that United Airlines is the only American company to have them in its fleet .
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The airline affirmed for its part that it has 24 operational aircraft of this type, and that it suspended all its flights.
The Japanese authorities also stopped the flights of the 777s with the same characteristics , according to a statement from the Japanese Ministry of Transport.
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Pratt & Withney reported for its part that it sent a team of inspectors to work with federal authorities in the review of the investigated aircraft.
This Boeing model is not the only one that has received questions recently after presenting problems in the flight. Another is the 737 Max , which was unable to fly from March 2019 to November 2020 after two fatal accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia in 2018, with a total of more than 300 deaths .
Il Boeing 777-200, the plane now under scrutiny while its safety is being inspected, is a model used since the 1990s, according to The Washington Post. So far, the chances of you having major accidents have been slim – less than one for every million flights .