Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Air India Boeing 787: Directorate General of Civil Aviation seeks report from US body on engine incident


 New Delhi, Aug. 22: 

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has written to the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States seeking a report on the incident on a Boeing 787 aircraft that Air India is to take delivery of. 

Investigations began after a malfunction spewed metal debris from a GE engine on a Boeing 787 aircraft and caused an airport grass fire in South Carolina in late July. Reports said that material was ejected from the back of the engine during pre-flight testing.

The aircraft is one of the three that will be delivered to Air India.

The airline will also have to wait for a nod from the Ministry of Law and Justice on the agreement approved by the Union Cabinet on compensation that the airline is seeking from Boeing for the delay in aircraft delivery.

Compensation pact

Sources said that the compensation agreement between Boeing and Air India would have to be cleared by the Ministry before the airline can take delivery of the aircraft.

The delay in delivery was due to production lags and later due to an agitation by a section of Air India pilots.

Initially, Air India was to receive the first aircraft in 2008, but now the delivery is scheduled for later this year.

Some pilots of erstwhile Air India were on strike for 58 days protesting the Government decision to allow pilots of erstwhile Indian to also train to fly the new aircraft.

NTSB Identification: DCA12IA114
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Incident occurred Saturday, July 28, 2012 in Charleston, SC
Aircraft: BOEING 787, registration: VT-ANJ
Injuries: 5 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On July 28, 2012, about 1600 eastern daylight time, a Boeing 787-8, registration VT-ANJ, experienced a contained engine failure during a taxi test at Charleston International Airport (CHS), Charleston, South Carolina. The airplane was being operated by Boeing under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 for the purpose of conducting a pre-delivery taxi test with no intention for flight. There were no injuries to the 5 people on board and the airplane sustained minor damage.

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