A Boeing 777 of the Russian airline Rossiya Airlines made an emergency landing in Moscow after engine problems.
The plane was en route as a cargo flight from Hong Kong to Madrid, but was diverted to Sheremetyevo International Airport in the Russian capital on Friday morning.
The incident, which the airline confirmed in a statement, came less than a week after a United Airlines Boeing 777 had to return to Denver Airport minutes after takeoff after an engine failure.
It is assumed that the two aircraft are equipped with different engines from different manufacturers.
“During cargo flight 4520 Hong Kong – Madrid a malfunction of the engine control sensor was detected,” Rossiya Airlines said in a brief statement The independent.
“The base airport of Rossiya Airlines – Sheremetyevo International Airport (Moscow) – was on the way.
“The crew of the aircraft asked for the emergency landing. The landing was normal.
“The plane will continue its flight to Madrid on February 26, 2021 after 12:00 PM Moscow time.”
The tracking service Flightradar24 showed that the 15-year-old jet landed in Moscow at 4.44 a.m. local time (1.44 a.m. GMT) after nine and a half hours of flight.
Russian news agency Interfax said the pilots requested an emergency landing after a problem with the left engine. No injuries were reported.
According to the AirFleets website, the aircraft was powered by General Electric’s GE90-115B engines.
The United Airlines jet incident on Saturday affected Pratt & Whitney’s PW4000 engines.
The engine that failed on the 26-year-old Boeing 777 dropped parts over a suburb of Denver, causing damage but no injury.
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The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board announced Monday that a cracked United Flight 328 engine fan blade that caught fire and was included in dramatic footage from the plane was compatible with metal fatigue.
PW4000 engines are used in 128 aircraft, or less than 10 percent of the global fleet of more than 1,600 777 wide-body jets shipped.
The independent contacted Boeing and General Electric for comment.