United engine breaks apart. It looks scary.
The engine didn't fall apart it just lost its cowling. Pretty much the same as if a cabriot loses the canopy, inconveniant yes but not as serious as if you would lose e.g. the steering wheel.
Yes it looks scary but the 777 is built to fly for 3 hours on one engine and it did.
This goes to show how safe flying is today. It may have looked scary but no one was in danger.
And the return flight back tb the US wasn’t canceled. As luck would have a United 772 just out of maintenance at Xiamen was being ferried to HNL. Instead of continuing to ferry it was able to take the return pax. The flight was late, but pax got back.
That's good to know.
To my understanding (I can be wrong) this was a contained failure of the engine (fan blade rupture), which led a damage to the anti-icing valve, which allowed high bypass air pressure to destroy the cowling.
Most of what this newspaper wrote is utter rubbish:
<<rightmost engine>> A B777 has only two engines (left and right).
<<partially disintegrated Boeing 777>> The aircraft did not disintegrate (neither fully nor partially).
<<braced their heads against seat backs>> This was a normal landing, nobody was instructed to take the brace position.
<<called for an emergency landing>> To my best knowledge (again can be wrong), the pilot did not declare an emergency (neither a pan). He did however request priority landing and the presence of fire fighting equipment (normal pre-caution).
Modern aircraft are certified to fly very long distances with one engine only. Though it was not a routine flight, it was a situation for which aircrafts are designed for and pilot routinely trained.
Funny how this one is the only incident mentioned. On the same day a Delta A330 flying DL55 from Lagos to Atlanta suffered an engine fire and had to return to LOS. In this case there were five minor injuries during evacuation, but no serious injuries.
Again, a demonstration that overwhelmingly flying is very safe.
When I mentioned this incident, several chimed in that it was fear-mongering, and had that thread closed.
Curious, and hope those folk leave this thread up, for comment.
That engine cowl that broke apart and separated in flight could have damaged the vertical or the horizontal stabilizer of the aircraft, or the hydraulic system in the wing or somewhere else... or perforated something essential for the flight operation ... depending on winds ... on coincidence.
And that could have meant a catastrophic failure.
<<On Sky News they had mobile phone footage showing that the passengers were ordered to assume the brace position>>
Isn't that pretty standard under the circumstances? What I'd like to know is which idiot who wanted his 30 seconds of fame decided not to bother and to film it instead.