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UK temporarily bans some Boeing planes after engine incidents

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UK transport minister says he will continue to 'monitor the situation'.

Boeing 777 aircraft with the same Pratt & Whitney engine that caught fire and broke up on a flight out of Denver at the weekend have been temporarily banned from the U.K.’s airspace, Britain’s Transport Minister Grant Shapps said Monday.

Manufacturer Boeing recommended suspending the use of 777 aircraft with the same type of engine that shed debris over Denver on Saturday.

Dutch authorities are also investigating a Boeing cargo plane, also powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, that dropped engine parts shortly after leaving Maastricht airport on Saturday.

“After issues this weekend, Boeing B777s with Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 series engines will be temporarily banned from entering the UK airspace,” Shapps wrote on social media. “I will continue to work closely with the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority to monitor the situation.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States said it would order inspections, while Pratt & Whitney said it sent a team to work with investigators.

United Airlines and Japan’s two main operators have already stopped using planes with the same PW4000 engines.

A spokesperson for the European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency said in an emailed statement that the authority is in contact with the FAA, and has requested “further information about the cause of the incidents, so as to determine what action may need to be taken.”

The incidents come just weeks after Boeing received several final clearances to fly its 737 MAX model, after that was grounded for over a year following two fatal accidents.

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