WSJ News Exclusive | Boeing Moved to Replace 777 Engine Covers Before Recent Failures

WSJ News Exclusive | Boeing Moved to Replace 777 Engine Covers Before Recent Failures
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Boeing Co.


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was planning to strengthen protective engine covers on its 777 jets months before a pair of recent serious failures, including one near Denver last weekend, according to an internal Federal Aviation Administration document.

The plane maker and regulator had been discussing potential fixes even longer—for about two years, according to people familiar with the matter. The talks began after two failures in 2018, one on a 777 operated by

United Airlines Holdings Inc.


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and the other on a Southwest Airlines Co. 737.

Because potential modifications to 777 external engine covers, commonly known as cowlings, had various shortcomings, “Boeing has decided to…



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