Boeing 747 Cargo Plane Engine Explodes in the Netherlands
On Saturday a Boeing 777 exploded in the US.
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.
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Once again, no one was killed from these scattered parts. That's amazing luck.