Engine crack found on second Boeing 787 Dreamliner

2012-10-01 08:45

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2012-09-26 12:00

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Just two months after an engine cracked and failed during test aboard a Boeing 787, federal plane inspectors have found a second engine problem on a different Dreamliner, the National Transportation Safety Board announced.

eTurboNews reports that the NTSB identified the problem as a cracked fan midshaft on a Dreamliner General Electric GEnx-1B turbofan engine, the group said in a written statement posted on its website.

The 787 had not yet flown when investigators identified the engine problem, investigators said.

Inspectors uncovered the cracked second engine during an inspection of all in-service engines of that type, the NTSB said. 

GEnx engines are manufactured at a General Electric facility in Cincinnati.

The first Dreamliner engine problem occurred on July 28 during a taxi test at Charleston International Airport in South Carolina.

No passengers were on board, and no injuries were reported, although burning debris from the failure did cause a small brush fire near the tarmac.

Boeing rolled out the 787 Dreamliner last year, three years late and billions of dollars over budget.

United Airlines is scheduled to begin flying the first U.S. domestic routes for the aircraft in November.

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