The wreckage of a commercial airplane crashed this Sunday in the suburbs of the North American city of Denver, when the aircraft had to return to the airport for an emergency landing, following the failure of one of its engines.
According to the authorities, cited by the agency Associated Press (AP), the plane managed to land safely at Denver International Airport and no one on board or on the ground was injured.
It was a Boeing 777-220 United Airlines, which took off on Saturday from Denver, Colorado, to Honolulu, Hawaii, with 231 passengers and 10 crew members on board.
The plane was forced to return to the airport from which it left, after the right engine ignited in mid-flight. Images filmed by a passenger on flight UA328 show the right engine on fire, with the engine’s fuselage destroyed.
Photographs made available by law enforcement authorities show some debris large next to a house in a neighborhood located about 40 kilometers north of the city.
Tyler Thal, a resident in this area, told the AP that when he was walking with his family, he realized that a large commercial plane was flying strangely low and that he started shooting with his cell phone.
“While looking at the plane, I saw an explosion and then a cloud of smoke and some falling debris. The plane just went on and we didn’t see it after that, ”he said.
The US aviation regulator has already demanded urgent inspections Boeing 777 planes, which “will probably mean that some planes will be taken out of service”.
“After consulting my team of air safety experts regarding engine failure on a Boeing 777 plane in Denver, I asked them to issue an emergency airworthiness directive that requires immediate or thorough inspections of Boeing 777 planes equipped with some Pratt engines & Whitney PW4000 ”, wrote a person in charge of the Administration for Federal Aviation (FAA), Steve Dickson, on Twitter.
The FAA official said that a preliminary analysis of the safety data revealed the need for additional checks the type of engine affected.
“Based on initial information, we concluded that the interval between inspections should be shortened for the hollow fan blades, which are exclusive to this type of engine, used only in the Boeing 777”, explained the employee.
This Monday, Boeing recommended the immobilization of the 128 planes of this model, which are in service or stored.
“While the investigation is ongoing, we recommend suspending operations for the 69 777 aircraft in service and 59 in storage with Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines,” the company said in a statement.
Following the incident, United Airlines had already decided to take 24 Boeing 777 aircraft off the air. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways also announced that 13 and 19 aircraft of this type would be immobilized, respectively.
Also on Sunday, a cargo plane lost part of one of the engines, which exploded during the take-off from Maastricht Aachen Airport in the Netherlands. The wreckage of the engine hit a car parked in a garage in the city of Utrecht.
It is recalled that the North American manufacturer has had serious problems in recent years with another of its models, o 737 MAX, who was immobilized for 20 months due to two accidents that caused 346 deaths.
Commercial flights of the Boeing 737 MAX were resumed in December last year, first in Brazil and then in the United States and Canada, with the first commercial flight in Europe carried out on February 17, by the Belgian airline TUI fly.