The aircraft manufacturer has proposed that 128 of the Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engine aircraft models should be grounded pending inspection by aviation regulators.
After a plane using the engine model suffered a failure on Saturday that sent debris raining down over the US city of Denver, Colorado, Britain has joined a growing list of countries grounding Boeing Co (NYSE: BA) 777 planes using Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines.
According to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, Boeing 777s with the same engine as the one which caught fire will be temporarily barred from entering UK airspace.
“In a statement on Sunday, the aircraft manufacturer said it was “actively tracking” incidents related to United Airlines Flight 328 and recommended that 69 in-service and 59 in-storage aircraft using Pratt & Whitney engines be suspended until an appropriate inspection procedure was established by US aviation regulators.
The company also reported that it backed the Japanese authorities’ decision to ground the aircraft, while United Airlines also agreed to suspend aircraft flights pending inspection.
After its right engine failed, Flight 328 was forced to make an emergency landing in Denver en-route to Hawaii, sending debris crashing across a residential area nearby.
Despite the failure, as a result of the incident, all 231 passengers on the flight were unharmed, nor was anyone hit on the ground below by the falling engine components.
The incident marks another setback for Boeing, which had previously seen its 737 MAX aircraft model grounded for a year and a half after two fatal accidents that killed 346 people.
Boeing’s stock slumped 3.9 percent in pre-market trading in New York on Monday to US$209.