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Boeing 777s grounded around world as second engine drops out of the sky
Boeing 777s grounded around the world.
The right-hand engine on flight UA328 from Denver to Honolulu failed shortly after takeoff, leading to a mayday call and emergency landing.
Officials expressed astonishment that no one had been killed on the plane or ground after large pieces of debris landed near houses and in parks.
“While [an] investigation is ongoing, we recommended suspending operations of the 69 in-service and 59 in-storage 777 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines,” Boeing said in a statement.
A second incident involving a Boeing plane’s engine catching fire and dropping parts was reported in the Netherlands on Saturday.
The plane, which was heading from Maastricht to New York, was powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, a smaller version of those on the United Airlines plane in Denver.
“Witnesses heard one or two explosions shortly after take-off and the pilot was informed by air traffic control that an engine was on fire,” Maastricht Airport spokesman Hella Hendriks said.
“The photos indicate they were parts of engine blade, but that’s being investigated,” she said. “Several cars were damaged and bits hit several houses.”
The grounding is another blow for Boeing after its 737 Max aircraft was grounded for 18 months following two aviation accidents that left 346 people dead.