United Airlines flight experienced some engine failure mid-air and dropped debris over northern Colorado. A day after this incident, the FAA demanded an emergency inspection of certain Boeing 777 airplanes.
Federal Aviation Administration administrator Steve Dickson ordered the safety experts of the aviation agency to issue an Emergency Airworthiness Directive asking "immediate or stepped-up inspections of Boeing 777 airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines."
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson posted on Twitter, "This will likely mean that some airplanes will be removed from service."
According to the FAA, aviation safety experts will meet Sunday evening to finalize the details of the order and any accompanying service bulletins to make sure faulty airplanes are included. The exact details of the inspection will be specified in the emergency order.
United said on Sunday night that it is voluntarily and temporarily removing 24 Boeing 777 airplanes by Pratt & Whitney 4000 series from its schedule.
The United Boeing 777-200, flew from Denver to Honolulu on Saturday with 231 passengers and 10 crew aboard, suffered a catastrophic failure in its right engine and flames erupted under the wing as the plane began to lose altitude.
Though the plane landed safely at Denver International Airport, no one was hurt, those in the air and on the ground were deeply shaken.