A Boeing 777 airliner was forced to make an emergency landing in Moscow on Friday, after reporting engine problems.
The emergency landing comes just days after another model showered engine debris on a flight path over the United States.
State-owned Rossiya airline said the crew had registered the “incorrect operation of the engine control sensor” on a cargo flight from Hong Kong to Madrid and “decided to make an emergency landing in Moscow.”
Online flight trackers confirmed the flight was carried out with a Boeing 777.
The airline said the unscheduled landing went ahead without incident and that no one was injured. The plane was due to continue its onward journey to Madrid after a delay of several hours, it added.
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The Boeing 777 airliner operated by Russia’s state-owned Rossiya airline on Friday made an emergency landing in Moscow. Picture: istockSource:istock
Rossiya told AFP later Friday that the Boeing 777 that made the emergency landing in Moscow was fitted with a different make of engine to the plane that shed engine parts in the United States last week.
General Electric, which manufactured the engine on the jet, said it was working with the carrier.
“At GE Aviation, safety is our first priority,” a company spokesperson told AFP.
“Our technical support teams are working closely with the airline, which has returned the aircraft to service.” Boeing referred questions to Rossiya.
US regulators had been weighing stricter inspection rules prior to the weekend incident involving engine failure on a Boeing 777 in Denver. Picture: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images North America/AFPSource:AFP
The incident came just days after Boeing confirmed that dozens of its 777 aircraft were grounded globally resulting from the engine of a United Airlines plane catching fire and scattering debris over a suburb of Denver, Colorado.
No one was injured in the Denver incident.
However, the 777 planes removed from service were constructed with different engines made by Pratt & Whitney.
Pieces of an airplane engine from Flight 328 sit scattered in a neighbourhood in Colorado. Picture: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images North America/AFPSource:AFP
On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered inspections of all 777 planes made with similar Pratt & Whitney engines.
Malfunctions in engines are not uncommon and most airplanes are designed to be able to fly for several hours on one engine until crew identify and land at the nearest available airport.
Investigators have attributed the Denver incident to a fan blade that broke off soon after takeoff due to metal fatigue and apparently breached the engine cover, known as a cowling.
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