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A Boeing 747 plane’s engine exploded in mid-air on Saturday over the Netherlands, dropping metal debris that injured two people. The explosion on the 747 aircraft took place on the same day as a similar incident on a 777 model in the US. : worldnews

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Yeah, but I’m pretty sure they had 2 different engines. (see edit below) There have been several failures of the P&W engine model on the 777, and they’ve already been pushing for additional inspections. There is reason to be concerned, but there aren’t that many affected planes, so right now it’s not that big of a deal to ground them as far as I can tell.

The 747 engine isn’t identified in any of the news articles I could find. However, the 747 can be fitted a GE, P&W, or RR engine pod. As far as I can tell, Longtail only has one 747-400F. From the picture in their air freight brochure (assuming they actually used their own plane and didn’t stage it digitally), it looks like that one was the Rolls Royce engine.

Edit: After the comments below, I did some more digging. Looks like they do have 2 747s now. The picture in their brochure is of a plane with the RR engine (VQ-BWS), but it is not the aircraft involved in the incident (VQ-BWT).

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