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U.S. safety board to hold briefing on United 777-200 engine failure

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Feb 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Transportation SafetyBoard (NTSB) said it will hold a media briefing at 8 p.m. EST toprovide an update on the investigation into the engine failureof a United Airlines Boeing 777-200 that made anemergency landing at Denver International Airport shortly aftertakeoff Saturday.

NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt and Investigator in Charge DanBower will brief reporters during the virtual briefing. TheFederal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Sunday it wouldissue an emergency airworthiness directive to require stepped-upinspections of 777-200 airplanes with Pratt & Whitney PW4000engines, while Boeing recommended airlines halt all flights ofthose planes until the FAA issued its new inspectionrequirements.(Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Jonathan Oatis)