Engine that endangered United flight has troubled history

Engine that endangered United flight has troubled history
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The Pratt & Whitney airplane engine that burst into flames and forced a United Airlines pilot to make an emergency landing shortly after taking off from Denver had similar blowouts on at least two other flights, experts said Monday.

Three years ago, a fan blade broke on one of the PW4000 engines powering another United Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane, this time while flying over the Pacific Ocean on a San Francisco to Honolulu flight.

And in December, two fan blades in the same kind of engine broke on a Japan Airlines Boeing 777-200 that was flying from Naha to Tokyo.

Just as in Denver, the pilots on both these flights were able to safely land their planes and nobody was hurt.

“This isn’t the first time this happened,” aviation expert Greg Feith said on NBC’s “Today” show,…

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