Federal regulators launch ‘stepped-up’ inspections after engine failure on United flight
Federal aviation officials ordered “stepped-up” inspections of some Boeing 777 aircraft Sunday after an engine failure on a United flight from Denver caught fire and fell apart, scattering debris in a Colorado neighborhood before landing safely.
The inspections would apply to 777s equipped with Pratt & Whitney model PW4000 engines, said Steve Dickson, the Federal Aviation Administration administrator.
Dickson said he made the decision — which will likely remove some aircraft from service — after consulting with a team of aviation safety experts.
“Based on the initial information, we concluded that the 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,” he said.
United said it was…