A single engine on a United Airlines 777-200 began burning over Denver on Saturday and spreading debris over a suburb before the plane landed safely. No one was injured in the accident.
Around the same time, an engine burst into flames on a 747-400 that had just taken off from Maastricht. Metal parts have fallen over the small Dutch town of Mersen. Among other things, they hit cars, but the woman was said to have sustained minor injuries. The plane was bound for New York, but has instead landed in Liège, Belgium.
Either way, the engines were from Pratt & Whitney.
In the 747 case, the Dutch Civil Aviation Administration launched a “preliminary” investigation.
Several no-fly operations
As for the 777, Boeing announced that most of these aircraft with similar engines have remained idle for a long time due to the epidemic. But the company is advising airlines to allow all these aircraft to remain on the ground until further notice.
Therefore, this is not a regular no-fly. However, different countries can make their own decisions, for example, the Japanese Ministry of Transportation announced that the aircraft in question may not be used.
On Monday afternoon, the United Kingdom also announced that the country will temporarily suspend all 777s with Pratt & Whitney engines from flying in British airspace. However, the Civil Aviation Authority has declared that there are no such aircraft flying in the UK.
According to Reuters, the model is the only one used by airlines in the United States, South Korea and Japan, all of which have imposed the model plane with a temporary flight ban.