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
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