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Japan orders suspension of Boeing 777 flights after US incident

Tokyo, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Japan has suspended flights of all Boeing 777 aircraft equipped with the same engine models fitted in the jets that suffered a mid-flight failure in the United States over the weekend.

The decision affects 13 jets operated by the Japanese Airline (JAL) and another 19 by All Nippon Airways (ANA).

The planes will remain grounded until further orders, a spokesperson for the transportation ministry told EFE on Monday.

The Japanese authorities have not detected any problem with the planes as of now.

But they were waiting to receive more information from the US aviation regulator on the causes of the incident on Saturday, the spokesperson said.

The suspension affects aircraft equipped with “Pratt & Whitney” type engines.

A United Airlines aircraft fitted with the same engine mode suffered a mid-air crash after departing on Saturday from the US city of Denver in Colorado for Honolulu in Hawaii.

The aircraft had to return and make an emergency landing after its engine shed its parts in shreds on a suburb of Denver, the authorities said.

The Boeing 777-200 plane returned to Denver International Airport and landed “safely after experiencing a failure in its right engine shortly after takeoff,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

Boeing on Monday also recommended the suspension of 69 in-service jets and 59 in the store. All of these planes have “Pratt & Whitney” type engines.

In South Korea, the authorities were yet to decide regarding the grounding of planes, a transportation ministry spokesperson told EFE.

The spokesperson confirmed that three airlines have 29 Boeing 777 models with engines from the PW-4000 family even as none have the same engines, as the affected United plane. EFE-EPA

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