After a near-crash near Denver: Boeing engines are put to the test

After a near-crash near Denver
Boeing engines come to the test

Shortly after take-off in Denver, the engine of a Boeing goes up in flames – the machine can just about turn around and make an emergency landing. The US aviation authority now wants to get to the bottom of the cause. The focus is on engines from Pratt & Whitney.

The US Federal Aviation Administration has ordered special tests for certain Pratt & Whitney engines. The turbine blades of the engine types whose parts fell off a Boeing 777 in flight on Saturday are to be examined using a thermal imaging method, as the US authorities announced on Tuesday evening (local time) in Washington. These test results will be closely followed and these will be taken into account in further decisions with the other findings from the ongoing investigation.

On Saturday, after an engine failure, large aircraft parts of a United Airlines (UA) Boeing 777 crashed into residential areas as rubble near Denver. A video shot by a passenger shows flames emanating from the right engine during flight. At this point the panel had already plunged into the depths.

According to the FAA, the right engine failed shortly after takeoff. The plane landed safely at Denver Airport with 241 people on board. There were no reports of injuries – either on board or on the ground. The plane was on its way from Denver to the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu.

After the engine failure on the Boeing 777, numerous large jets of this type are threatened with a flight ban. In Japan and Great Britain, the machines with this drive from Pratt & Whitney are no longer allowed to run. The US aviation authority FAA had already announced a corresponding emergency policy at the weekend.

“This will likely mean that some planes will have to be taken out of service,” FAA chief Steve Dickson said on Sunday. Boeing recommended that airlines leave the world’s 128 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PW-4000-112 engines on the ground for the time being.

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