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Order Issued to Inspect A380 Engines

Friday, November 12, 2010 — David Evans

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Order Issued to Inspect A380 Engines

An emergency directive has been issued by Europe’s air safety regulator requiring inspections of Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines that power the Airbus A380 super-jumbo jet. (See Aviation Safety Journal, “Certification Requirements for Engine Containment Failure Clearly Exceeded in A380 Incident” and “ ‘Reliable Redundancy’ Not Adopted; Might Have Ameliorate A380 Emergency”) An uncontained Trent 900 […]

Boeing’s New B787 Suffers Electrical Fire in Flight

Thursday, November 11, 2010 — David Evans

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Boeing’s New B787 Suffers Electrical Fire in Flight

One of Boeing’s new B787 airliners had to curtail its test flight and make an emergency landing due to an uncontrolled electrical fire. One of the six B787s experienced a cascading series of electrical failures, and smoke filled the cabin, prompting a hasty landing at Laredo, Texas, near the end of a 6-hour test flight […]

‘Reliable Redundancy’ Might Have Ameliorated A380 Emergency

Thursday, November 11, 2010 — David Evans

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‘Reliable Redundancy’ Might Have Ameliorated A380 Emergency

The A380 double-deck super-jumbo can be handled by two pilots, but the aircraft has three observer seats in the cockpit and all three were occupied by Qantas pilots at the time flight QF32 experienced an engine explosion. (See Aviation Safety Journal, “A380 Engine Explosion Raises Questions About Tolerance of Uncontained Failure” and “Requirements for Engine […]

Requirements for Engine Containment Failure Clearly Exceeded in A380 Incident

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 — David Evans

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Requirements for Engine Containment Failure Clearly Exceeded in A380 Incident

Qantas’ grounding of the A380 until more can be sorted out about what happened during the uncontained engine failure 4 November may be fully justified as more details emerge about the seriousness of the event. (See Aviation Safety Journal, “A380 Engine Failure Raises Question About Tolerance of Uncontained Failure”) Photographs taken by passengers reveal what […]

Accidents & Incidents 10.17.10 – 10.23.10

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 — David Evans

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Accidents and incidents for 17-23 October.

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