Metal fatigue suspected in United Airlines engine scare


Metal fatigue is the prime suspect to be the cause of an engine failure that occurred to a recent United Airlines flight. – EPA pic, February 23, 2021.

METAL fatigue has emerged as chief suspect in last week’s spectacular engine failure on a United Airlines plane, which scattered debris over suburban Denver and led to dozens of Boeing 777 aircraft being grounded worldwide.

The incident on the Hawaii-bound flight – which quickly returned to the airport after part of the engine caught fire and broke off – prompted United and other airlines to ground planes with the same Pratt & Whitney engine.


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