All Boeing Type 777 aircraft equipped with the same engines as the one that was hit by a fire in one of the engines on Saturday must be checked. The American aviation authority FAA has ordered an immediate inspection of the aircraft with Pratt & Whitney engines.
The FAA measure follows an incident Saturday in which parts of a plane crashed in several residential areas near the American city of Denver, Colorado. The plane, a United Airlines Boeing 777-200 with 231 passengers and ten crew members on board, landed safely at Denver International Airport. No one on the plane or on the ground was injured.
In addition, aircraft manufacturer Boeing has advised its customers to leave the Boeing of the type 777-200 on the ground for the time being. There are a total of 128 devices of this type worldwide, of which 69 are in service and 59 are stored.
A passenger took pictures during the flight showing that the badly damaged engine is on fire. Airline United Airlines announced that it is voluntarily grounding the aircraft for the time being.
According to the FAA, the 26-year-old plane’s right engine malfunctioned shortly after takeoff from Denver. The Boeing 777 was on its way to Honolulu. The incident is being investigated by the FAA and the US NTSB Investigation Board.
In Japan, the aviation authorities have ordered two airlines to temporarily ground a total of 32 aircraft of the same type and to inspect the engines.