FAA issues safety directives for Boeing 777-200 engines

Through David Shepardson

WASHINGTON -The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday issued 3 proposed directives for Boeing 777-2 HUNDRED planes provided with Pratt & Whitney (PW) engines after an engine failure in February.

The directives will require inspections and strengthening a key engine phase, and can allow Boeing 777-TWO HUNDRED airplanes provided with PW4000 engines to return to service.

A fan blade failure triggered an engine to fail on a United Airways 777-200 bound for Honolulu after takeoff from Denver on Feb. 20. The incident showered debris over local cities, however no one used to be injured and the aircraft thoroughly returned to the airport.

The FAA mentioned it was once calling for strengthening engine cowlings, stronger engine fan-blade inspection and inspection of different programs and elements. The directives will require corrective action based on inspection results.

The FAA in February ordered quick inspection of 777 planes with PW4000 engines before additional flights after investigators found that a cracked fan blade on the United engine used to be in keeping with steel fatigue.

United and Boeing did not straight away comment.

Raytheon Applied Sciences’ Pratt & Whitney said on Wednesday the inspection of fan blades used to be “already underway” and could “be carried out within the box, on or near-wing via trained staff.” It brought the directive mandates “steerage Pratt & Whitney has provided to consumers.”

The FAA mentioned “additional motion is important to address the plane-level implications and dangerous condition on account of in-flight engine fan blade disasters.”

United, the one U.S. operator of 777s with the PW4000 engine, has 52 of these planes that stay grounded.

United Leader Government Scott Kirby cited that the airline’s voluntary grounding of those FIFTY TWO planes was no longer cheap.

“that is a hugely dear decision to make — however we did it for protection,” Kirby told a U.S. Senate panel.

In October, United said the ones 52 airplanes are expected to go back to provider as early because the first quarter of 2022.

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