27 November 2013
The FAA will issue a new airworthiness directive today requiring that airlines that operate Boeing 787s and 747s with GE engines steer clear of thunderstorms with clouds more than 60 miles across. The FAA reports that it knows of nine instances where ice was sucked into an engine causing it to lose power and that two of those incidents caused engine damage. Japan Airlines has reportedly already changed some routes to avoid storms. In the U.S., the rule covers seven 787s flown by United Continental Holdings Inc., as well as some cargo-hauling 747-8s. (Imag Credit: Boeing)
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