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All Boeing 777s with same engine grounded after United Airlines fire

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Boeing Co on Monday announced to withdraw all 777 jets with the same engine that after United Airlines flight caught fire midair and shed debris over Denver this Saturday, as per reports.

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The Honolulu-bound United Airlines flight 328 with 231 passengers and 10 crew members on board was forced to returned to the airport around 1:30 PM. As per the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Boeing 777-200 experienced “a right-engine failure shortly after takeoff” but landed safely with no injuries.

In a statement released on Sunday, the company recommended that all the aircraft concerned should be grounded as US regulators probed a United Airlines flight after one of its engines caught fire and broke up. Notably, the PW engine type was also used in Japan’s ANA and JAL groups, plus South Korea’s Asiana Airlines.

The announcement came in the backdrop of Boeing earlier asking airlines to suspend the use of 777s after U.S. regulators announced extra inspections and Japan suspended their use while considering further action. Meanwhile, United Airlines Holding Inc. halted operations of 24 of its planes in the wake of the incident involving one of its fleet over the weekend.

However, in India, Air India B777 aircraft will continue in operations as engines are from General Electric. Taking precautionary steps, country’s aviation regulator DGCA has asked Air India to be more vigilant during the checks of B777.

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