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The FAA says it is ordering immediate inspections of all Boeing 777 jets equipped with a specific type of Pratt and Whitney PW4000 engine before further flights. This comes after a major engine failure on a United flight over the weekend. Airlines around the world that operate planes with that engine type have already grounded affected jets. FAA Administrator Steve Dickson joined “Squawk Box” on Wednesday to discuss. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NGeIvi

United Airlines said Sunday that it will temporarily remove 24 of its Boeing 777s from service after one of the planes suffered an engine failure over the weekend.

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Sunday the agency will order the inspection of some Boeing 777 jetliners powered by the same Pratt and Whitney engine, the PW4077.

Japan’s aviation regulator has ordered airlines to suspend flights of aircraft with this type of engine until further notice, the FAA said. United is the only U.S. airline with this type of engine in its fleet, added the agency.

United Flight 328, a Boeing 777-200 bound for Honolulu, made an emergency landing at Denver International Airport shortly after takeoff on Saturday afternoon after its right engine failed.

No one was injured in the flight that was carrying 229 passengers and 10 crew members, but debris, including what appeared to be a piece of the engine covering, fell in nearby Broomfield, Colorado.

Separately, Boeing said it recommended the halting of its 777 aircraft with the same kind of engine as the United flight that dropped debris near Denver.

“While the NTSB investigation is ongoing, we recommended suspending operations of the 69 in-service and 59 in-storage 777s powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000 engines until the FAA identifies the appropriate inspection protocol,” Boeing said in a statement.

Shares of Raytheon Technologies, parent of engine maker Pratt and Whitney, were down 0.4%, while Boeing was up 0.5% in early afternoon trading.

Federal investigators said their initial investigation revealed two of the right engine’s fan blades were fractured.

The National Transportation Safety Board said one of the engine’s fan blades was fractured near its root while another was fractured half-way through. Other engine fan blades were also damaged, the NTSB said in an initial report late Sunday.

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