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Failed fan blades on the PW4077 engine on N772UA
UA328 engine failure leads to grounded PW4000 fleet

Last Saturday, United Airlines flight UA328 suffered an engine failure shortly after take off from Denver. Over the past week, investigators have determined that two fan blades on the aircraft’s right Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engine broke and regulators have grounded the engines pending detailed inspections. We have the latest updates on the situation on our blog.

And on this week’s episode of AvTalk, we dig in to the wider issues surrounding this engine failure, actions of the crew, and what happens next.
UA328 data and investigative updates
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United 777 N798UA landing in Chicago. The fan blades from both engines will be send to Pratt & Whitney for inspection.
Where are the affected 777s now? 

The PW4000-112 series engines are used exclusively on approximately 125 Boeing 777s. We look at where those aircraft are now as operators get ready to send the fan blades from each engine to Pratt & Whitney for inspection.
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An all-white A330 awaiting placement with its next operator via lease
What does the aircraft leasing market look like after a year of a pandemic?

The aircraft leasing market has been turned upside down with a glut of unneeded aircraft in the wake of the pandemic. In our interview with 
Founder and CEO of Griffin Global Asset Management, Ryan McKenna, we get an update on the market and what potential there is for new airlines to emerge.
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A SCAT 737 MAX 8
This week in 737 MAX
  • SCAT Airlines put their MAX 8 back in service on 19 February, becoming the first Asian operator to return to service.
  • Smartwings became the second European carrier to put the MAX back in service on 25 February.
  • The US Transport Inspector General released a report (pdf) detailing the troubling issues with the FAA’s certification of the 737 MAX and especially with Boeing’s delegated certification authority.
  • The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority lifted its ban on the MAX on 26 February. 
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Troll Airfield in Antarctica
Follow the last flight of the summer from Troll Research Station in Antarctica 

The last flight of the summer season will carry personnel not staying for the long, dark winter season. 
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Kalitta Air 747 wearing a blue face mask on its nose
Kalitta Air joins the face masked 747 club

Kalitta Air has added a mask to N744CK, joining the admittedly small 747 face mask club.
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Lufthansa A340-600 departing Los Angeles
Perfect golden hour light as this Lufthansa A340-600 lifts off from Los Angeles.
Air-to-air with an Embraer E195-E2 destined for KLM
Air-to-air during a test flight with an Embraer E195-E2 that will become KLM’s second.
Etihad’s Manchester City FC special livery 787
Etihad’s Manchester City special livery 787 lifting off from Munich.
The new filter panel on Flightradar24.com
Have you seen the updated Flightradar24.com yet?

Last week we released the biggest update to Flightradar24.com in years. With a new look and more features, we hope you're enjoying it! To welcome the new site, we’ve put together a guided tour.
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There’s a helicopter on Mars!
We expand our horizons this week to talk about the recently landed Mars rover and its helicopter that will fly in the coming weeks.
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