Boeing in the Headlines Again

Boeing’s saga continues with new trouble for the already plagued plane maker. 

Boeing’s 737 MAX has recently been approved for flights again after being grounded for almost two years following two fatal crashes that killed 346 people. 

The 737 MAX resumed flights in December, but recently the company has experienced more woes with other aircraft. 

Just this week, a United Airlines flight made an emergency landing after an engine exploded mid-air shortly after take-off. 

A pilot on flight 328 from Denver to Honolulu reported a “mayday” and told air traffic control that the plane had an “engine failure.” 

Boeing has since been forced to ground the older model 777 jets with engines from Pratt & Whitney while federal investigators inspect the engines.  

Former National Transportation Safety Board chairman Jim Hall said he suspects “for the last decade, the FAA has been responding to economic interests of the aviation industry, which has taken precedence over safety.”

Just yesterday (Feb 22), another Boeing plane, this time a 757 operated by Delta Air Lines, made an emergency landing in Salt Lake City after experiencing engine issues.  

The flight was heading from Atlanta International Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  

The investigation into the engine failure of flight 328 from Denver to Honolulu could take more than a year. Still, according to investigators, the damage was consistent with metal fatigue, which has prompted federal regulators to reexamine engine inspections. 

United and carriers in Japan have grounded all Boeing 777s with the Pratt engine configuration.  South Korean regulators are allowing Boeing 777 flights to continue following engine checks. 

The incident in Denver comes after a Boeing 747 cargo jet also scattered engine parts Saturday over the town of Meerssen, Netherlands, after its engine exploded and caught fire. 

The Pratt & Whitney engine also powered the cargo plane. 

Boeing stock fell 1% yesterday on the news, but fundamentals remain weak.