The UK’s transport secretary announced on Monday that the UK has decided to ban its airspace on Boeing 777s with engines involved in the massive fire over Colorado.
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“After this weekend’s troubles, Boeing 777s with Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines will be temporarily banned from entering UK airspace,” Grant Shaps wrote on Twitter.
The British Civil Aviation Authority explained that these devices, which were frozen by the manufacturer, were not used by British companies.
The Civil Aviation Authority said that this type of device “is being operated by companies in the United States, Japan and South Korea.”
A United Airlines flight from Denver and Honolulu had to return to an emergency landing on Saturday, less than half an hour after takeoff, after a malfunction of its right-hand engine caused a fire and massive debris fell to the ground. There were no injuries.
And the American manufacturer “recommended” Sunday evening to stop flights of 128 aircraft equipped with these engines. Since then, the companies using these devices – American United Airlines, Japanese ANA, JAL as well as Korean Air Aseana – have discontinued the devices in question.