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Pratt & Whitney training cited in 2018 United jet engine failure

Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:45 am

A fan blade on a United Airlines jet engine that snapped off in flight in 2018 had shown signs of cracking that were missed in previous inspections.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday released a final report on the Boeing Co. 777-200 engine failure, concluding Pratt & Whitney didn’t create adequate test standards. Inspections of the fan blade that failed had shown evidence of weakening metal in 2010 and 2015, but an inspector attributed them to the way they were painted, the NTSB concluded.

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