Another Jet Engine Explodes Scattering Parts Over the Netherlands

Mish

In three days, there have been two incidents of Boeing jets with Pratt & Whitney engines exploding and scattering engine parts.

Boeing 747 Cargo Plane Engine Explodes in the Netherlands

On Saturday a Boeing 777 exploded in the US. 

Today, Engine Parts Drop From Boeing 747 Cargo Plane in the Netherlands.

Dutch authorities are investigating after a Boeing 747-400 cargo plane dropped engine parts shortly after takeoff from Maastricht airport.

The Longtail Aviation Flight 5504 cargo plane scattered mostly small metal parts over the southern Dutch town of Meerssen on Saturday, causing damage and injuring a woman.

The Bermuda-registered plane, which was headed from Maastricht to New York, was powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, a smaller version of those on a United Airlines Boeing 777 involved in an incident in Colorado on Saturday.

In the Dutch incident, witnesses heard one or two explosions shortly after take-off and the pilot was informed by air traffic control that an engine was on fire, Hella Hendriks, a spokeswoman for Maastricht airport, said.

“The photos indicate they were parts of engine blade, but that’s being investigated,” she said. “Several cars were damaged and bits hit several houses. Pieces were found across the residential neighbourhood on roofs, gardens and streets.”

Dozens of pieces fell, Hendriks said, measuring about 5cm wide and up to 25cm long. The aircraft landed safely at Liege airport in Belgium, 19 miles (30 km) south of the Dutch border.

Anything Can Happen Once

Anything can happen once, but twice in three days involving the same engine is another matter. 

Every plane with a Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engine should immediately be grounded. 

That's the only safe and sane thing to do. Indeed, Boeing has urged airlines to do just that. 

After this second incident, I am sure that will happen.

Passenger Takes Video of Boeing 777 Engine Catching Fire and Breaking Apart

Engine Parts Land in Back Yard

In case you missed it, please see Passenger Takes Video of Boeing 777 Engine Catching Fire and Breaking Apart

Once again, no one was killed from these scattered parts. That's amazing luck.

Mish

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Mish
Mish

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Doug78
Doug78

Are you saying all this is Trump's fault??

LawrenceBird
LawrenceBird

Mish you really should reference the engine manufacturer in the headline. Boeing does not make the engine.

Bungalow Bill
Bungalow Bill

I am sure the taxpayers will be forced to bail them out as the lack of reliability of their engineering continues to be exposed.

mrutkaus
mrutkaus

Boeing, boeing, gone!

Syllabub
Syllabub

They all break at some point, Rolls Royce having terrible problems with the Trent 700, GE engine blew up on an 777 in 2016 etc. Now it's P&W's turn...
How often do jet engines fail?
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was quoted as stating turbine engines have a failure rate of one per 375,000 flight hours, compared to one every 3,200 flight hours for aircraft piston engines.

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

What are the odds TWO Pratt-Whitney engines failed in one day? This does not sound like a design issue. I suspect a company involved with the maintenance did not follow instructions, or the maintenance schedules were relaxed to reduce operational costs.

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

Fck Boeing !.... Long live Airbus.... Not that I give a shit anyway...

Chascoe
Chascoe

The 747 is likely powered by PW 4056’s and the 777 is powered by PW4090’s. These engines are very different in size and therefore share few if any parts.


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