Whoa, folks! Hold onto your seats! The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is hot on the trail of an engine fire that blazed up on a United Airlines Boeing 737-900 MAX plane at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. Talk about a close call!
According to the NTSB, after United Airlines Flight 2376 touched down on June 28, coming all the way from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a fire warning light indicator went off. The pilot crew wasted no time and swiftly shut down one of the engines. Phew!
Now, here’s where things get interesting. No smoke, no flames—nada! So, they towed that big ol’ bird right on over to the gate. It was there that the maintenance folks noticed something fishy. They spotted evidence of a fuel leak from the engine, and boy, was there some serious heat damage and soot on the engine cases and outside surfaces. Yikes!
But hold up, people! Don’t fret just yet. Passengers on board calmly and safely exited the plane at Newark, just like any other day, you know? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) assured everyone that the flight crew had it under control. They activated the engine fire extinguishers as a precaution, because hey, better safe than sorry!
Now, United Airlines ain’t spilling all the beans just yet. They’re doing their own investigation, so mum’s the word from them. And as for Boeing? Well, they’re pointing fingers back at the NTSB and United. Classic move, right?
Oh, and get this! That plane was delivered fresh off the assembly line in 2020, and guess who made the engine? CFM International, the joint venture between General Electric (you know, the big guys with all those cool gadgets) and Safran, the French aviation wizards. CFM’s standing by, saying they’re fully on board with the NTSB’s investigation.
So, there you have it, folks! The NTSB’s got their magnifying glass out, ready to uncover the truth behind that engine fire fiasco. Stay tuned for more updates, ’cause we’re all eager to find out what really went down in the skies that day!