Boeing 777 makes emergency landing in Moscow, days after dramatic US incident

In a worrying week for air travellers, a Boeing 777 airliner made an emergency landing in Moscow, just days after the crew of a similar aircraft were forced to make a dramatic U-turn back to Denver International Airport after an engine explosion.

Boeing this week confirmed that dozens of its 777 aircraft had been grounded following the Denver incident.

The 777 that made an emergency landing in Moscow, operated by Russia’s state-owned Rossiya airline, reportedly used a different model of engine to the aircraft in Denver.

A Rossiya spokesperson said the 777’s crew had responded to the "incorrect operation of the engine control sensor" during a cargo flight from Hong Kong to Madrid and “decided to make an emergency landing in Moscow.

"During the cargo flight No. 4520 Hong Kong – Madrid an incorrect operation of the engine control sensor was revealed," Rossiya Airlines said in a statement retorted by The Independent.

"The base airport of the Rossiya Airlines – Sheremetyevo International Airport (Moscow) – was on the route."

They added: "The crew of the plane requested to make the emergency landing. The landing took place normally."

The aircraft is understood to have taken off and continued to its original destination after engineering checks.

Rossiya's aircraft, like most 777s, was fitted with General Electric GE90-115B engines. The United Airlines jet that rained large chunks of metal onto homes and gardens in Colorado was a less common variant fitted with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines.

The PW400 engines are currently installed on 128 planes, less than 10% of the 1,600 wide-bodied 777 jets in use worldwide.

Meanwhile, the engine of a Boeing 747 cargo plane burst into flames moments after leaving Maastricht airport in the Netherlands on the afternoon of Sunday, February 21.

Fragments of hot metal were showered over the Dutch town of Meerssen, with two people injured including one elderly woman was hit on the head by a piece of debris.

That cargo plane was also powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, a smaller variant of those on the United Airlines Boeing 777 that caught fire over Denver.

Boeing's entire production run of 737 MAX airliners was taken out of service in March 2019 following fatal incidents in Indonesia in 2018 and Ethiopia in 2019. In January the company agreed to pay over $2.5 billion in fines and damages after being charged with fraud over the concealment of information from safety regulators.

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