KLM is not required to take any action in response to warnings about engines for Boeing 777s. The Dutch airline flies so-called “triple sevens”, but does not have aircraft with the appropriate type of engines in its fleet.
All Boeing 777s with the same engines must be inspected as the plane that struck an engine fire on Saturday. The FAA has ordered an immediate inspection of the aircraft with Pratt & Whitney engines.
Additionally, aircraft manufacturer Boeing has advised its customers to keep the Boeings 777-200 on the ground for the time being. There are a total of 128 such devices worldwide, of which 69 are in service and 59 are stored.
These measures come on the heels of an accident on Saturday in which parts of a plane crashed in several residential areas near the US city of Denver, Colorado. The United Airlines plane with 231 passengers and 10 crew members landed safely at Denver International Airport. No one was injured on board or on the ground.
A video of a passenger shows that the badly damaged engine caught fire during the flight. United Airlines has announced that it will keep the aircraft on the ground for the time being.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the 26-year-old plane’s right engine failed shortly after takeoff from Denver. A Boeing 777 was en route to Honolulu. The accident is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the US NTSB Board of Inquiry.
In Japan, aviation authorities have ordered two airlines to temporarily shut down a total of 32 aircraft of the same type and check engines.
Correction: A previous version of this article mentioned that the aircraft crashed, which is incorrect. This has been modified.