United Jets with engines in Denver incident may not fly until next year – .

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United Jets with engines in Denver incident may not fly until next year – .


Dozens of United Airlines Holdings Inc. jets like the one that lost an engine cover over Colorado in February are not expected to fly until early next year, as federal regulators consider additional safeguards, have said people knowledgeable about it.
United had hoped to resume widebody flight this summer. Returning the planes to service took longer than expected, as federal regulators consider potential new requirements for certain Boeing Co. 777 jets powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, before they once again carry passengers, have declared these people. United has 52 planes of this type in its fleet.
U.S. aviation safety regulators are considering an additional type of engine blade inspection and a Boeing modification proposal to prevent engine cowls from tearing if an engine fan blade breaks during flight , these people said.
The Federal Aviation Administration has yet to determine what additional safeguards it may need before the aircraft is returned to service. A spokeswoman for the agency declined to comment on any proposal, saying the agency’s work continues. The FAA could make a decision in the coming weeks, according to people familiar with the agency’s deliberations.
The United 777 incident in February occurred shortly after take off from Denver. Investigators determined that a fan blade in one of the aircraft’s two engines fractured, causing the engine cowl to tear in the air and rain parts on the ground. below.

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