The Dutch Security Agency said that after an aerial explosion and fire in the southern Netherlands on Saturday, a Boeing 747-400 freighter crashed with engine parts is under investigation.
Maastricht Airport spokeswoman Hella Hendriks said that Longtail Aviation’s freighter flight 5504 had scattered some small metals on the Dutch town of Meerssen. Parts that caused injuries and injured a woman shortly after takeoff.
The Bermuda-registered plane flew from Maastricht to New York and was powered by a Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engine, which was a smaller version of the United Airlines Boeing 777 engine involved in the Denver incident on Saturday.
After that incident, Boeing advised airlines to suspend the operation of certain older versions of the Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engine-powered 777 aircraft, which is currently operated by five airlines.
U.S. regulators announced additional inspections, while Japan has suspended the use, while considering further action.
Hendricks said that in the Dutch incident, witnesses heard one or two explosions shortly after takeoff, and the air traffic control department informed the pilot that the engine was on fire.
She said: “The photos show that they are part of the engine blades, but they are being investigated.” “Several cars were damaged and the drill hit several houses. Debris was found on the roofs, gardens and streets of residential areas.”
Longtail Aviation stated that “it is too early to speculate on the root cause of the problem” and it is cooperating with Dutch, Belgian, Bermuda and British authorities to investigate the incident.
Hendricks said dozens of pieces fell down, measuring about 5 cm wide and 25 cm long. The plane landed safely at Liege Airport in Belgium, about 19 miles south of the Dutch border.
Boeing referred the issue to the Dutch authorities.
A spokesperson for the Dutch Security Council said on Monday: “Our investigation is still in its preliminary stages and it is too early to conclude.”
Europe’s EASA aviation regulator said on Monday that it is aware of the Pratt & Whitney jet engine incident and is requesting information on the cause to determine possible measures.