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NTSB Finds Fatigue Cracking In American Airlines Engine

Federal safety investigators say an engine disk that broke apart just before an American Airlines plane took off at Chicago O’Hare International Airport last week shows signs of fatigue cracking. “A high-pressure turbine disk in the Boeing 767’s right engine broke into four pieces, which shot out of the engine’s housing,” the Associated Press reported, citing the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report of the Oct. 28 incident. An analysis of the fragmented disk, 90 percent of which investigators have recovered, showed evidence of an irregularity where the fatigue cracking began, the NTSB said. Investigators haven’t determined what precisely caused ... Read More

American Airlines Flight Aborts Takeoff After Fiery Engine Failure

An American Airlines airplane bound for Miami skidded to a halt on the runway at Chicago O’Hare Airport Friday afternoon after an “uncontained engine failure” sent pieces of the engine flying and caused part of the plane to burst into flames. Twenty people were taken to the hospital with injuries, most of them minor and caused during an emergency evacuation of the plane. The airplane was carrying 161 passengers and nine crewmembers. AA Flight 383 had just started taking off about 2:23 p.m. when the pilot radioed air traffic controllers to say he was “stopping on the runway.” Air traffic ... Read More

Several reported dead in Lake Tahoe airplane crash

Several people were killed in a small single-engine airplane crash near South Lake Tahoe, California, Saturday night. Authorities investigating the crash say that the private plane crashed into a wooded area shortly after it took off from an airport on the southern side of the lake about 9:48 p.m., setting off a one-acre fire. None of the people aboard the aircraft survived the crash. According to the Associated Press, the airplane was registered to Francisco J. Delamora of Fresno, Calif. Mr. Delamora owns Jdm Transport Inc., a Fresno-based trucking company. Authorities have not yet confirmed the identities of the people ... Read More