China Airlines (CAL) may have to scrap a Boeing 747-200, which crashed while attempting a three-engine take-off from Manila Airport. The 13-year old aircraft, worth an estimated $40 million, is in a borderline condition. Repair work would require a complete replacement of its lower section 41 and, possibly, lower section 42. Its No 3 Pratt &Whitney JT9D-7Q engine suffered major damage, with fan blades sheared off at the root and fan and cone casing wrecked. The No 2 engine incurred minor foreign-object damage and foam ingestion, and an outboard had been damaged earlier.

Source: Flight International