Boeing confirms that dozens of its 777 aircraft were grounded globally

Washington, Feb 22 (AFP/APP): Boeing confirmed Monday that dozens of its 777 aircraft were grounded globally after the engine of a United Airlines plane caught fire and scattered debris over a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

It is a fresh blow for the beleaguered US aviation giant that was forced to ground another fleet of planes after a series of deadly crashes. Boeing said Monday that 128 of it 777 planes with Pratt & Whitney engines will stop flying after the fire Saturday that forced the United Airlines plane to make an emergency landing.

“I have just had confirmation that all the 777s equipped with this engine have been grounded,” a spokeswoman for the planemaker told AFP in a text message. Flight UA328 had been headed from Denver to Honolulu when it experienced engine failure shortly after departure. A video shot from inside the plane — which had 231 passengers and 10 crew on board — showed the right engine ablaze and wobbling on the wing of the Boeing 777-200.

Residents in the Denver suburb of Broomfield found large pieces of the plane scattered around their community. Its front cowling, which landed in the front yard of a house, was entirely missing as the aircraft returned to Denver airport.

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