The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has banned all Boeing 777 from UK airspace after a mid-air fire broke out sending engine debris falling on a US city.
Over the weekend a United Airlines Boeing 777 had its right engine catch on fire mid-air causing it to blow out and send debris falling to the ground over Denver.
US authorities have ordered the airline to ramp up their inspections on the plane, and Shapps confirmed that any planes which have the Whitney 4000-112 engines are banned from UK airspace.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority released a statement, which said, “After the Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engine incident on a Boeing 777 aircraft, we have suspended this configuration’s use in UK airspace.
“It is not used by any UK airlines.
“It is operated by airlines in the USA, Japan and South Korea where authorities have also stopped its use.”
The Federal Aviation Administration said at the time, “A Boeing 777-200 operated by United Airlines returned to Denver International Airport and landed safety Saturday after experiencing a right-engine failure shortly after takeoff.
“The FAA is aware of reports of debris in the vicinity of the airplane’s flight path.
“The passengers deplaned on Runway 26-Right and were bused to the terminal.”