Japan, South Korea order airlines to ground Boeing 777 after Denver incident

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Following Boeing’s recommendation to suspend the use of 777 jets with the same type of engine that shed debris over Denver, several airlines have grounded the particular jets. 

Korean Air Lines Co Ltd has grounded six Boeing 777 jets with a certain type of engine that had been in operation, said the media reports.

Japan’s transport ministry has also ordered Japan Airlines Co Ltd (JAL) and ANA Holdings Inc to suspend the use of 777s with PW4000 engines while it considered whether to take additional measures. Also Read: Jaguar Land Rover plans to go fully electric by 2039; first all-electric Land Rover variant expected in 2024

US operator United Airlines, meanwhile, announced that it would voluntarily and temporarily remove its 24 active planes.

The moves involving Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines came after a United Airlines 777 landed safely in Denver on Saturday after its right engine failed.

The manufacturer recommended airlines suspend operations until U.S. regulators identified the appropriate inspection protocol. The 777-200s and 777-300s affected are older and less fuel efficient than newer models and most operators are phasing them out of their fleets, the report added. Also Read: Apple tries to seduce Nissan but fails, talks end over differences on branding of autonomous car

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