Breaking: Fifth V-22 with loose bolts points to design problem

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The good news is that shoddy maintenance is most likely not the cause of the “loose bolts” problem that prompted a precautionary grounding of the BellBoeing V-22 fleet earlier this week.

The bad news: it’s starting to look more like a safety-critical design flaw, although the investigation is continuing.

Click here to read the breaking news from my phone interview today with Col Matt Mulhern, V-22 program manager.



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3 Responses to Breaking: Fifth V-22 with loose bolts points to design problem

  1. EG 26 March, 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    Not knowing the spacing or configuration, I still have to ask… can they be safety wired? As a mechanic, I fully appreciated the deire to eliminate S/Wire from the tool box. But flight critical components?

  2. SMSgt Mac 26 March, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    Ok.
    Why “design”?
    Why not production? (part deficiency, production process deficiency) And why NOT maintenance? (tech data – mintenance standards).

    BTW: even if he problems are production or maintenance, it does not preclude a design change as the selected fix.

    Cart. Horse……that is, unless you’re holding out on us ;-)

  3. name 18 June, 2009 at 7:25 pm #

    Best Wishes,

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