FAA orders inspections of some Boeing 777 engines

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday it was ordering immediate inspections of Boeing 777 planes with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines before further flights after an engine failed on a United flight on Saturday. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.

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- US regulators have ordered the immediate inspection of Boeing 777 planes equipped with the engine that suffered a catastrophic failure on Saturday.

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- United Airlines flight 328 had to make an emergency landing in Denver after its right engine blew apart just after takeoff. Saturday's incident prompted the grounding of dozens of Boeing 777 planes, which are fitted with the Pratt and Whitney PW4000 engine. The US Federal Aviation Administration wants operators to inspect the large titanium fan blades on the front of each engine before any further flights. Boeing said it supported the FAA's guidance and will work through the process with its customers.

United Airlines Egypt Air and operators in Japan and South Korea have all said they will not be flying their Boeing 777s. United has warned of possible disruptions to its cargo flight schedule in March as it juggles the rest of its fleet. Saturday's engine failure is a fresh blow for Boeing. The world's largest aerospace company is already trying to repair its image following the grounding of its flagship 737 MAX. The plane model was forced to be suspended from service for nearly two years after two deadly crashes.