US NTSB probes Boeing 737 MAX engine fire at Newark Airport

US NTSB probes Boeing 737 MAX engine fire at Newark Airport

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating an engine fire that occurred on a Boeing 737-900 MAX plane operated by United Airlines at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. This incident took place last week.

After United Airlines Flight 2376 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida landed at Newark on June 28, the NTSB reported that a fire warning light indicator came on. In response, the crew shut down one of the engines.

Although there was no visible smoke or fire from the engine, maintenance personnel discovered evidence of a fuel leak, as well as heat damage and soot on the engine cases and external surfaces. The airplane was then towed to the gate.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), passengers were able to exit the plane in a normal manner upon arrival in Newark. The FAA also confirmed that the flight crew activated the engine fire extinguishers as a precaution.

United Airlines stated that they are conducting their own investigation into the incident but declined to provide further comment. Boeing, on the other hand, referred all questions to the NTSB and United.

The plane involved in the incident was delivered in 2020 and was equipped with a LEAP-1B engine manufactured by CFM International, a French-American jet engine maker co-owned by General Electric (GE.N) and France’s Safran (SAF.PA). CFM International has expressed its support for the NTSB’s investigation.

The reporting for this article was done by Kanishka Singh and David Shepardson in Washington. The editing was carried out by Will Dunham, Leslie Adler, and Kim Coghill.

The article adheres to The Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

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