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originally posted by: DrumStickNinja
a reply to: Zaphod58
Welp...no flying for me.
Do we happen to know what airlines those 176 engines are operating with?
Such events are extremely rare and previously unprecedented on the GE90. Engine certification requirements are intended to render the chances of an uncontained compressor failure as less than one in a billion.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
Apparently Captain Obvious works for the NTSB. They confirmed today that the British Airways 777 tatty suffered an engine fire during takeoff had an uncontained failure of the engine.
The failure was in the Stage 8 disk web, in the high pressure compressor portion of the engine. This rules out the cause being related to the earlier FAA Airworthiness Directive requiring inspection of the engines. That inspection covered cracks in welds on the Stage 9 and 10 area.
GE is currently inspecting 38 engines built around the same time, that were in storage. There are 176 of this type of engine still in use.
originally posted by: pfishy
A bit unrelated, but I heard a bump on the radio earlier for an evening tv news broadcast in which they had an interview with 4 survivors of an 'emergency' plane crash. I was honestly unaware there was any other type of plane crash. Even if it's intentional, it's still a freaking emergency, I would think.