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(Reuters) – US regulators announced additional inspections on Boeing (NYSE 🙂 Co 777 jets that use the same type of engine that dumped debris over Denver on Saturday, while Japan went further and suspended their use while it considers what action to take. The regulatory action involving the Pratt & Whitney 4000 engines came after a United Airlines 777 landed safely at Denver International Airport on Saturday after its right engine failed. United Airlines said Sunday it would voluntarily and temporarily remove its 24 active such aircraft from its schedule. Images released by police in Broomfield, Colorado, showed significant aircraft debris on the ground, including an engine cover scattered outside a home and what appeared to be other parts in a field. Japan’s Ministry of Transport ordered Japan Airlines Co Ltd (JAL) and ANA Holdings Inc to suspend the use of 777s with P & W4000 engines while it considered whether to take further action. The Transport Ministry said on December 4, 2020 that a JAL flight from Naha Airport to Tokyo International Airport returned to the airport due to a left engine malfunction about 100 kilometers north of Naha Airport. That plane is the same age as the 26-year-old United Airlines plane involved in Saturday’s incident. United Airlines is the only US aircraft operator, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The other airlines that use them are in Japan and South Korea, the US agency said. “We reviewed all available safety data after yesterday’s incident,” the FAA said in a statement. “Based on the initial information, we concluded that the inspection interval should be increased for the hollow fan blades that are unique to this engine model, which is used only on Boeing 777 aircraft.” Japan said ANA operated 19 of these and JAL operated 13 of them. Pratt & Whitney, owned by Raytheon Technologies (NYSE 🙂 Corp, was not immediately available for comment. Boeing said its technical advisers are supporting the US National Transportation Safety Board with their investigation.