GE to Call for Engine Inspections

Company will issue a bulletin informing aircraft operators 'in the next couple of days' and that it would affect around 120 aircraft.

General Electric (IW 500/5) said Tuesday it would recommend new inspections of its GEnx engines used on Boeing 747 and 787 aircraft following the failure of an engine in China in September.

A GE spokesperson said the company would issue a bulletin informing aircraft operators "in the next couple of days" and that it would affect around 120 aircraft.

Last week the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said the September 11 incident in Shanghai, in which one GEnx-2B turbofan engine on a Boeing 747 lost power during takeoff appeared unrelated to a previous incident in the South Carolina in the US on July 28.

That incident, caused by a fractured fan midshaft inside the engine, forced an inspection of all similar engines that turned up a second GEnx engine with the same problem.

The NTSB said that was not the problem on the engine in question in the Shanghai incident, adding that China's aviation regulator, the CAAC, continued to investigate the problem.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2012

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