The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Sunday ordered further inspections of some Boeing 777 passenger aircraft following an engine failure on a United Airlines flight on Saturday. Debris is spreading on the outskirts of Colorado.
Steve Dixon, the agency’s administrator, said some planes were likely to be taken out of service.
“After consulting with my aviation safety experts on yesterday’s engine failure on a Boeing 777 aircraft in Denver, I told them to issue an emergency air conditioning instruction to issue an emergency air conditioning order requiring an immediate or intensive inspection of the Boeing 777 aircraft, which includes some Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines.”
A video recorded from inside the plane – with 231 passengers and 10 crew members – ignites the right engine on the wing of the Boeing 777-200 and oscillates, without cover, on its way back to Denver airport (see below).
Authorities said the pilots were able to land safely and there were no injuries on the plane or on the ground.
Dixon said a preliminary review of safety data pointed to the need for further tests on the jet propeller fan.
Plane crashes near homes in US suburbs
The accident happened in Denver, the capital of Colorado.
FAA officials met with representatives from Pratt & Whitney and Boeing on Sunday night.
The UA328 flight was en route from Denver to Honolulu when it crashed shortly after takeoff.
Residents of Broomfield, a suburb of Denver, found large parts of the plane scattered in the neighborhood.
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