WATCH: FAA Demands Emergency Inspection of Select Boeing 777s After Mid-Air Explosion Ripped Engine Into Pieces

United Airlines to ground affected planes immediately

Federal Aviation Administration administrator Steve Dickson has ordered the agency’s aviation safety experts to issue an Emergency Airworthiness Directive, requiring “immediate or stepped-up inspections of Boeing 777 airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines.” (@michaelagiulia/Twitter image)

(FoxBusiness.com) — Federal Aviation Administration administrator Steve Dickson has ordered the agency’s aviation safety experts to issue an Emergency Airworthiness Directive, requiring “immediate or stepped-up inspections of Boeing 777 airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines.”

“This will likely mean that some airplanes will be removed from service,” Dickson said in a statement posted to Twitter.

According to the FAA, aviation safety experts are meeting into the evening with Pratt & Whitney and Boeing to finalize the details of the order and any accompanying service bulletins in order to ensure that the appropriate airplanes are included. Exact details of the inspection will be specified in the emergency order.

Dickson added that the agency is “working closely with other civil aviation authorities to make this information available to affected operators in their jurisdictions.”

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