Last updated: 04:47 PM ET, Sat April 23 2016

FAA: Boeing 787 Dreamliners Need Urgent Engine Fixes

Airlines & Airports | Amy Coyne Bredeson | April 23, 2016

FAA: Boeing 787 Dreamliners Need Urgent Engine Fixes

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The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that certain General Electric engines on Boeing 787 Dreamliners need urgent engine fixes, CNN reported. 

A Jan. 29 incident on a 787 flying at about 20,000 feet prompted the FAA airworthiness directive, CNN said. 

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"Ice shed from the fan blades ... causing the blades to rub against the fan case, resulting in engine vibration," GE Aviation spokesman Rick Kennedy told CNN.

The engine then shut down, but the plane was able to land safely with only one engine, CNN reported.

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According to an FAA document obtained by CNN, "Susceptibility to heavy fan blade rubs, if not corrected, could result in engine damage and a possible in-flight non-restartable power loss of one or both engines."

The FAA’s order will affect about 176 Dreamliners at 29 airlines around the world, the document said.



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