Freighters escape B777 suspensions after United Airlines engine failure

Boeing 777 freighters will remain in the skies despite the recommendation to ground some B777 aircraft following a United Airlines engine failure on Saturday over Denver.

Yesterday, Boeing said it “recommended suspending operations of the 69 in-service and 59 in-storage 777s powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines, until the FAA identifies the appropriate inspection protocol”.

Only 777-200s and 777-300s are affected, and not all of those have the P&W engine type under scrutiny. 777 freighters are powered by GE90 engines.

Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau issued a directive to temporarily suspend the operations of any 777 powered by PW4000 engines, which affected both Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways.

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Source: The Load Star