British Airways Boeing 777 crash: FAA airworthiness directive

Took a little longer than expected, but the FAA has finally come out with the airworthiness directive following the AAIB investigators’ of the BA 777 crash at Heathrow. As far as I can see it follows the Boeing guidance which is already out.

The one extra bit is that it officially confirms that the FAA doesn’t think Pratt & Whitney and General Electric-powered 777s are likely to be affected by the ice issue that is believed to have brought down BA038. So the AD covers only Rolls-Royce Trent-powered 777s.

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3 Responses to British Airways Boeing 777 crash: FAA airworthiness directive

  1. P Johnson September 13, 2008 at 1:54 pm #

    I’ve been wondering how the UK government will cover up the cause of the BA038 incident… cell phone jamming from PM Brown’s convoy!
    Now we know. Iceing that only affects Rolls Royce engined 777s!

    Hmmm!

  2. Kieran Daly September 16, 2008 at 11:39 am #

    EASA has just issued the AD as well. All they’ve done is host the original FAA document – why it’s taken them two working days plus a weekend to do that I don’t know.

    Regarding the Rolls-only comment above – the fact is that the Rolls design is unique. I don’t see why in principle at least there should not be a Rolls-only AD. Boeing believes the other versions are not vulnerable in the same way.

  3. Orlando Giacich September 18, 2008 at 11:09 am #

    I don’t believe the incident was due to “fuel-icing”!
    Capt Bilkin and his 1st Officer should come out with what exactly happened in the cockpit in those last seconds (one minute before crashing down)!
    Orlando

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