By Tatenda Sanyahawa
The US federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is set to open some investigations into the nature and cause of the recent spat of crashes on the Boeing 747 and Boeing 777 series in Japan, the Netherlands and UK.
The Plane Maker, Boeing has also advised Airlines to ground all 777s with the Pratt and Whitney 4000-112 engine advising against using them until the US air Authority has concluded inspection protocols, Skynews reported on Monday.
Preliminary findings showed that the issue might have to do with some hollow fan blades that were unique to the Boeing 777 engine.
“We concluded 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 aeroplanes” said Steve Dickson FAA Administrator.
Several Air Authorities have heeded the call to temporarily ground the planes with the UK Transport Secretary announcing on twitter that they were banning some Boeing B777s and elsewhere, Japan also ordering domestic airlines to ground planes with the same engine until investigations are complete, the Financial times reported.
These Developments follows engine failures of Boeing 777 in Japan, December 2020 and more recent similar incidences in Netherlands and Denver in which some 231 passengers and 10 crew members’ lives were put on risk when the plane caught fire and forced to land.