The head of the Federal Aviation Administration stated on Sunday that he was requiring “immediate or stepped-up inspections” of all Boeing 777 planes outfitted with a specific Pratt & Whitney engine mannequin in the future after the jet suffered a dramatic engine failure over Colorado.
That episode, involving a United Airlines flight on Saturday, resulted in no reported accidents, however the aircraft shed particles throughout three neighborhoods earlier than touchdown safely in Denver.
The announcement got here shortly after the aviation authority in Japan ordered airways there to cease flying the aircraft. Both the Japanese and American orders apply to Boeing 777s outfitted with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines.
“We reviewed all available safety data following yesterday’s incident,” the F.A.A. administrator, Steve Dickson, stated in an announcement. “Based on the initial information, we concluded that the inspection interval should be stepped up for the hollow fan blades that are unique to this model of engine, used solely on Boeing 777 airplanes.”