The damaged starboard engine of United Airlines flight 328, a Boeing 777-200, is seen following a February 20 engine failure incident, in a hangar at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado, U.S. February 22, 2021. REUTERS
EgyptAir decided on Monday that it would ground four of its Boeing 777 planes after a United Airlines plane of the same model suffered from engine troubles shortly after taking off in Colorado.
On Saturday, a Boeing 777-200 heading from Denver to Hawaii in the United States had an uncontained right engine failure that led to debris scattering over Broomfield, Colorado. The plane with 241 people on board, however, managed to turn back and safely land at Denver International Airport.
The Egyptian airline said its decision will be applied on the four Boeing 777-200 it operates, which are equipped with the same troubled Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines, until a technical inspection protocol is issued and applied for these engines.
The decision was based on recommendations of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the American manufacturer Boeing.
EgyptAir said it would not ground the six Boeing 777-300 it operates, as they are equipped with a different engine type.
As Boeing has recommended suspending its 69 planes in service equipped with this engine type, several airlines worldwide have taken the decision to ground dozens of aircrafts following the incident.
The FAA and US National Transportation Safety Board have ordered a probe into the incident.