Boeing 777: recirculation planned for early 2022

Pixabay A return to the air for next year? The United States Civil Aviation Regulator (FAA) published on Wednesday 20 December, proposed modifications of some models 777 of Boeing

, grounded since a theft incident in February but which could find the start sky 2022. The 20 February, a device 777 – 200 of the company United Airlines had seen, shortly after taking off from Denver (Colorado), its right engine catch fire and lose its fairing.

The pilots of this flight to Honolulu (Hawaii) had to turn around and land in an emergency, without the incident causing any injuries. A few hours later, Boeing had recommended not to fly, until further notice, this model, equipped with an engine from the American supplier Pratt & Whitney.

Many inspections already submitted

On Wednesday, the FAA made several proposals to remedy the mechanical deficiencies observed in three separate incidents, the most recent being that of Denver. It recommends reinforcing the engine shroud, as well as inspecting part of the fan shroud (propeller thruster), and repeated tests on a mechanism supposed to be triggered in the event of a fire. These proposals, which will not be officially published until December, are subject to comment until the end of January.

Asked by AFP, United Airlines , the only American company to have this model of 777 , called these proposals a “good solution”. The company said “many” of the affected aircraft had already been subjected to the inspections proposed by the FAA. “We expect these planes to join our (operational) fleet early next year,” United said.

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Some 54 devices of this model are approved worldwide by all companies, including 54 to the states- United, according to the FAA. “We support these guidelines, which reflect our work with the FAA to improve the” cowl and fairing design of 768 with PW engine 4000, reacted Boeing to AFP through the voice of a spokesperson. “We will continue to work with the FAA, Pratt & Whitney and our customers to safely return these aircraft to service,” added the spokesperson.

At the beginning of April, the airline company Japan Airlines announced that it was withdrawing from service early his 13 Boeing 777 equipped with Pratt & Whitney engines, in the absence of predictability on the resumption of operation.

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