Boeing advises airlines to ground some 777s

Boeing urged airlines to suspend the use of 777 jets with the same type of engine that shed debris over Denver at the weekend after U.S. regulators announced extra inspections and Japan suspended their use while considering further action. Ciara Lee reports

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- Boeing has urged airlines to suspend the use of 777 jets with the same engine type that shed debris over Denver at the weekend. US regulators have announced extra inspections, and Japan suspended use of the planes, there, while considering further action. The moves involve 777s with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines.

The right engine on a United Airlines jet failed on Saturday, scattering its protective outer casing over a residential area. United said the next day it would voluntarily and temporarily remove its 24 active planes of the type. Boeing said 69 of the model with the PW4000 engines were in service, and 59 were stored.

It comes at a time when airlines have grounded planes due to a plunge in demand, amid the health crisis. The manufacturer recommended that airlines suspend operating the 777 until US regulators identify the appropriate inspection protocol. It's another headache for the plane maker, after its 737 Max crisis, and comes after criticism of US Federal Aviation Administration oversight regarding the Max.

There were also issues for Boeing in the Netherlands on Monday. The Dutch Safety Board said it was investigating what had caused a Boeing 747-400 to lose parts of an engine, shortly after taking off from Maastricht Airport on Saturday. The cargo plane scattered mostly small metal parts over a southern Dutch town. It caused damage to cars and left one person with minor injuries.