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Boe­ing: 777s with type of en­gine that blew apart should be grounded

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Boe­ing has rec­om­mended that air­lines ground all 777s with the type of en­gine that blew apart af­ter take­off from Den­ver dur­ing the week­end, and most car­ri­ers that fly those planes said they would tem­po­rar­ily pull them from ser­vice.

The U.S. Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion or­dered United Air­lines to step up in­spec­tions of the air­craft af­ter one of its flights made an emer­gency land­ing at Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Satur­day as pieces of the cas­ing of the en­gine, a Pratt & Whit­ney PW4000, rained down on sub­ur­ban neigh­bor­hoods. None of the 231 pas­sen­gers or 10 crew were hurt, and the flight landed safely, au­thor­i­ties said. United is among the car­ri­ers that has grounded the planes.

FAA Ad­min­is­tra­tor Steve Dick­son said in a state­ment Sun­day that based on an ini­tial re­view of safety data, in­spec­tors “con­cluded that the 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.”

Dick­son said that would likely mean some planes would be grounded — and Boe­ing said they should be un­til the FAA sets up an in­spec­tion regime. Ja­pan or­dered the planes out of ser­vice, ac­cord­ing to the fi­nan­cial news­pa­per Nikkei, while not­ing that an en­gine in the same fam­ily suf­fered trou­ble in De­cem­ber.

Boe­ing said there were 69 777s with the Pratt & Whit­ney 4000-112 en­gines in ser­vice and an­other 59 in stor­age.

United had 24 of the planes in ser­vice; it is the only U.S. air­line with the en­gine in its fleet, ac­cord­ing to the FAA. Two Ja­panese air­lines have an­other 32 that are be­ing pulled while Asiana Air­lines grounded nine, seven of which were in ser­vice, un­til Boe­ing es­tab­lishes a plan to fix the prob­lems. Korean

Air said it was dis­cussing whether to ground 16 air­craft, six of which are in ser­vice.

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