KLM does not need to take action in response to warnings about engines of aircraft of type Boeing 777, although the Dutch airline flies with so-called ‘triple sevens’ but does not have aircraft with the type of engines in its fleet.
All Boeing type 777 aircraft equipped with the same engines as the aircraft hit by fire in one of the engines on Saturday must be checked. The US Aviation Authority FAA has ordered an immediate inspection of the aircraft with engines of the brand Pratt & Whitney.
In addition, aircraft manufacturer Boeing advised its customers to leave the 777-200 Boeing to the ground for the time being. There are a total of 128 aircraft of this type worldwide, 69 of which are in service and 59 are stored.
The measures follow an incident on Saturday in which parts of a plane crashed in several residential areas near the American city of Denver in the state of Colorado. United Airlines aircraft with 231 passengers and ten crew members on board, landed safely at Denver International Airport. No one on the plane or on the ground was hurt.
A passenger made recordings during the flight showing that the severely damaged engine is on fire. Airline United Airlines has already announced that it will hold the aircraft voluntarily on the ground for the time being.
According to the FAA, the right engine defect occurred shortly after take-off from Denver. The Boeing 777 was on its way to Honolulu. The incident is being investigated by the FAA and the US investigative board NTSB.
In Japan, the aviation authorities have ordered two airlines to provisionally ground a total of 32 aircraft of the same type and inspect the engines.