241 people were on board on the flight 328 from Denver International Airport to Honolulu when the engine blew up in the air. In agreement with the with the Federal Aviation Administration UNITED AIRLINES HOLDINGS, INC. (UAL) has decided to ground all 24 of its older 777 aircraft following the failure of a Pratt & Whitney engine that showered debris falling over a Denver suburb on Saturday due to engine failure. Boeing shares have fallen this morning on the news.
The FAA on Sunday issued an emergency airworthiness directive requiring “immediate or stepped-up inspections” of Boeing 777 airplanes equipped with some Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines following the incident of the engine failure on a Boeing jet operated by United Airlines (UAL) over Colorado on Saturday.
Japan , South Korea and the US are the only countries operating the Boeing 777s with the 4000-112 engine in its fleet
In a statement Boeing said, “While the NTSB investigation is ongoing, we 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,”
A passenger on United 328 took this video of flames shooting out from the engine. Some people told me they said prayers and held their loved ones’ hands as they looked out the window. Flight was on its way to Hawaii from Denver. Glad everyone onboard is safe #9News pic.twitter.com/c8TNYlugU2
— Marc Sallinger (@MarcSallinger) February 20, 2021
The 777 is an older fleet and require more investigation going forward as what caused the engine failure. Pilots were able to safely land the plane. Boeing shares dropped about 2.9 percent to $211.12 in premarket trading as regulators probed safety concerns in some of Boeing’s 777 jets.
Debris from the plane fell onto a wide area of Broomfield, affecting homes and property in the Northmoor and Red Leaf neighborhoods. Parts were seen scattered in parks, lawns and on rooftops. An engine intake cowl fell on a truck, crushing the roof.
Tyler Thal, who lives in the area, told The Associated Press that he was out for a walk with his family when he noticed a large commercial plane flying unusually low and took out his phone to film it.
We recommended and support suspending operations of the 69 in-service and 59 in-storage 777s powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines while the NTSB investigation is ongoing.
Read statement on United Airlines Flight 328: https://t.co/iz1r8QQzkS
— The Boeing Company (@Boeing) February 22, 2021
Incredible photos and video coming from Colorado where United Airlines flight 328 landed safely at Denver International Airport following engine failure shortly after taking off for Honolulu. pic.twitter.com/E32tFl7lOm
— Bob Inderbitzen NQ1R (@BobInderbitzen) February 20, 2021