LONDON (Dispatches) - Boeing has urged airlines to ground 120 of its 777 type aircraft after the engine on a United Airlines flight caught fire and fell apart over Denver.
The manufacturer said airlines using planes with the same engine type should suspend operations until full inspections could be carried out, after the United plane was forced to make an emergency landing having scattered debris over residential areas below.
The engine on flight 328 from Denver to Honolulu failed shortly after takeoff on Saturday, with 231 passengers and 10 crew on board. Pilots issued a mayday call and returned to Denver. Police expressed astonishment that no one had been killed or injured on the ground after large pieces of debris landed near houses and in public parks. The entire front casing of the engine appeared to have landed in front of a house in Broomfield, Colorado.