Next Boeing breakdown: Plane loses engine cowling

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Next breakdown: Boeing loses engine cowling during takeoff

One such Boeing 737-800 from Southwest lost the engine cowling during takeoff (archive image)

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The series of mishaps at aircraft manufacturer Boeing continues: Now a jet had to turn back shortly after takeoff from Denver because the cowling of an engine had come loose. No one was injured in the incident.

New problem with a machine from the US aircraft manufacturer Boeing: A 737-800 jet was forced to turn around in mid-air on Sunday after the crew reported that an engine cowling came off during takeoff and hit a wing flap. The Southwest Airlines plane returned safely to Denver International Airport after the incident, said the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Boeing, with 135 passengers and six crew members on board, was en route to Houston. No one was injured in the incident. The FAA said the incident is now under investigation.

After the next Boeing breakdown: maintenance teams should examine the machine

Southwest said the passengers on Flight 3695 were flown to Houston on another plane about three hours late. Maintenance teams would now inspect the original machine. The 737-800 entered service in June 2015, according to FAA records. Southwest declined to comment on when the engine was last serviced. ABC News broadcast a video showing a torn engine cover with a torn Southwest logo flapping in the wind.

The Airbus rival is under stricter supervision by the FAA due to defects. At the beginning of January, a door-sized piece of the cabin wall broke off during a 737 MAX flight. In October 2018 and March 2019, two Boeing 737 MAX crashed, killing 346 people. The 737-800 is a predecessor model to the current MAX version.

A few days ago, Boeing announced in the wake of the problems that CEO Dave Calhoun would be leaving the company by the end of the year.


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