FAA Issues Warning to Boeing After Mid-Air Explosion of United Plane’s Engine

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Sunday it is issuing an emergency directive after the failure of a Boeing 777 engine near Denver, requiring immediate inspections of similar planes. The agency’s director Steve Dickson, in a Sunday night statement, wrote that he directed an “Emergency Airworthiness Directive that would require immediate or stepped-up inspections of Boeing 777 airplanes equipped with certain” types of engines. It means that some airplanes will likely be removed from service amid the inspections, he said. “We reviewed all available safety data following yesterday’s incident,” he said. “Based on the initial information, we concluded that the inspection interval should be stepped up for the hollow fan blades that are unique to this model of engine,” adding that they’re used only for this type of Boeing plane. The FAA is working with other civil aviation authorities, while inspectors are meeting with Pratt & Whitney—the manufacturer of the …

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