US NTSB probes Boeing 737 MAX engine fire at Newark Airport

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Friday it is investigating an engine fire last week on a Boeing 737-900 MAX plane operated by United Airlines at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. The NTSB said a fire warning light indicator came on after United Airlines Flight 2376 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida landed at Newark on June 28, prompting the crew shut down one of the engines.

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There was no visible smoke or fire from the engine so the airplane was towed to the gate, where maintenance personnel saw evidence of a fuel leak from the engine and heat damage and soot on the engine cases and external surfaces, the NTSB added. 


Passengers exited from the plane in a normal fashion in Newark, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA said the plane landed after the flight crew activated the engine fire extinguishers as a precaution.

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United said it is investigating but declined further comment. Boeing referred questions to the NTSB and United. The plane was delivered in 2020 and the LEAP-1B engine was built by French-American jet engine maker CFM International, which is co-owned by General Electric and France's Safran. CFM said it "is supporting the NTSB’s investigation."

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Source: Reuters

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