United Airlines only airlines which operates Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has issued an emergency airworthiness directive following an engine failure on a United Boeing 777 in Denver, requiring immediate or heightened inspections of similar planes.

In a statement late on Sunday, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said the directive covers Boeing 777 airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines and it “will likely mean that some airplanes will be removed from service.”

The initial review of the engine failure shows “inspection interval should be stepped up for the hollow fan blades that are unique to this model of engine, used solely on Boeing 777 airplanes,” said Dickson.

Incidentally, United airlines is the only U.S. operator which has the PW4000 engine in its fleet.

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