MOSCOW, February 23 – RIA Novosti. The chairman of the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Robert Sumwalt said that, according to preliminary data, the agency considers metal fatigue in engine parts as the alleged cause of the accident in the American Denver, when a part of the skin fell off the Boeing 777 liner, reports CBS.
According to the chairman of the council, two fan blades broke in the engine: one at the very base, the other broke about in the middle. Engine parts also damaged the aircraft's hull. It is noted that the NTSB will continue to investigate, including trying to find out how long the fan blades were worn out.
As Fox News previously reported, on Saturday, due to an engine malfunction, the wreckage of a passenger Boeing 777 United Airlines fell in a residential area near the American city of Denver (Colorado), the plane safely returned to Denver shortly after departure. There is no information on casualties on board or as a result of falling debris.
The FAA on Sunday announced the issuance of a directive to inspect a number of Boeing 777 aircraft following the Denver incident, the American airline United Airlines has already temporarily suspended its 24 aircraft of this type.