US FAA Scrutinizes Boeing 777 After Mid-Air Failure

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  • Boeing 777 to be removed "most likely"
  • Similar incidents of 2019 led to the boycott of 737 Max
  • No casualties reported from the engine failure incident

After the fortuitous failure of the Boeing 777, US Federal Aviation ordered additional inspections. The United Airlines flight after suffering a failure a day earlier scattered debris across a Colorado community.

Steve Dickson, FAA Administrator said that the order meant “it is likely that 777 would be removed from service.”

After a conversation with his team of aviation safety, Dickson released a statement on Twitter,” I have directed them to issue an Emergency Airworthiness Directive that would require immediate or stepped-up inspections of Boeing 777 airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines.”

A preliminary safety data review is advised for the checks of the jet engine fan blades. A meeting of FAA officials with Pratt & White and Boeing representatives concluded a step up in the inspection of the engine peculiar to Boeing 777 Airplanes.

The flight UA328 headed from Denver to Honolulu when it experienced an engine failure shortly after departure. The residents of the Denver suburb of Broomfield found large pieces of the plane scattered around their community, including a giant circular piece of metal in a backyard. Despite the failure, the pilots managed to return to Denver- Also known as the-Mile-High City.

The engine failure comes as a fresh blow of trauma for Boeing after 737 MAX was grounded worldwide in March 2019 in the wake of two plane crashes killing 346 people and the Lion Air disaster in Indonesia. Investigations revealed faulty MCAS after which the systems were revamped and new pilot training protocols assigned.

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