Boeing is recommending that airlines suspend operations of the 69 in-service and 59 stored 777s that are equipped with Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines, the model that suffered an incident last Saturday in the United States with United Airlines, until the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identifies the appropriate inspection protocol.
The aircraft manufacturer has indicated through a statement that it is actively following the recent events related to this flight, which is already under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Boeing therefore supports the decision of the FAA and the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau, two of the countries where the model operates, to suspend operations with these aircraft. In the statement, the manufacturer assures that it is working with these regulators to take the necessary measures.
The United Airlines flight between Denver and Honolulu suffered an engine failure on Saturday shortly after takeoff, so it returned to the airport of the Colorado state capital, where it was met by emergency crews as a precautionary measure, although no one was injured. As a result, the airline decided to voluntarily and temporarily remove its 24 aircraft from the schedule model.
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