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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

NTSB Investigates Dreamliner Engine Failure

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating an engine failure that occurred during preflight runway testing on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner over the weekend.

The engine failure occurred on Saturday at Charleston International Airport in South Carolina when debris from the aircraft fell on the runway and sparked a fire in the nearby grass, The Post and Courier of Charleston reports.

Due to the nature of the investigation, Boeing officials are not disclosing the nature of the engine issue and what caused it to fail.

“While the investigation is in its early stages, we are unaware of any operational issue that would present concerns about the continued safe operation of in-service 787s powered by GE engines,” said Marc Birtel, a spokesman for Boeing. “However, should the investigation determine a need to act, Boeing has the processes in place to take action and will do so appropriately.”

GE is reportedly moving the engine involved in the incident over the weekend to its Ohio headquarters for a “full tear-down of the engine.”

“The engines have done extremely well without any in-flight incidents,” said GE spokesman Rick Kennedy.

The accident occurred following Dreamliner jets owned by All Nippon Airways being grounded because of corrosion found in the engines during testing. Boeing said hose problems were related to changes that occurred during manufacturing and ANA’s Dreamliner jets have returned to service. 

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