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While the analysis continues, the company recommended the suspension of operations of all aircraft of the model and saw its shares fall more than 2% on the stock exchange

EFE / EPA / NTSB HANDOUTThe United Airlines plane failed its right engine shortly after it took off last Saturday, 20

The National Transport Security Council of the U.S stated that there are signs of “metal fatigue” from one of the engine’s blades on the United Airlines which broke just after takeoff last Saturday, 20. During a press conference held this Tuesday, 23, the president of the agency that is investigating the incident with the Boeing 777Robert Sumwalt said the slides will be sent to a laboratory for further examination by security inspectors. While the investigation continues, Boeing recommended on Monday, 22, the suspension of operations of all 69 aircraft of the model that are in service in the world, in addition to all other planes with engines of the type “Pratt & Whitney”. Since then, the company’s shares have fallen more than 2% on the stock exchange.

The 777-200 flew from Colorado for the Hawaii when it failed the right engine. Although some wreckage fell on the city of Broomfield, where no one was injured, the aircraft managed to return to Denver International Airport with all 241 people unharmed. Still, the incident represents a setback for the aircraft manufacturer, which has just recovered from the crisis of the 737 MAX, which was paralyzed after two accidents that left 346 dead in May 2019. Boeing was also hit hard by new coronavirus pandemic and its consequences on international air transport.

* With information from international agencies

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