December 21, 1990 |
The Air Force has grounded its fleet of B-1B strategic bombers after an engine problem similar to one in which an engine dropped off of a bomber in flight, officials said Thursday. A B-1B on a training flight early Wednesday morning was making practice approaches at Dyess Air Force Base, Tex., when the crew heard a loud bang, Pentagon spokesman Bob Hall said. Ground safety personnel reported a fire in the right inboard engine. The plane made an emergency landing but no one was hurt.
April 8, 1992 |
General Electric Co. said Tuesday that it sold $38 million worth of aircraft engines to Air Pacific airline. Air Pacific, based in Fiji, plans to use the engines in three Boeing planes it will lease or own. The planes are to be delivered this fall, in 1994 and in 1996.
April 4, 1997 |
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. said it chose General Electric Co. and Rolls-Royce to provide engines valued at more than $500 million for some of the more than 600 aircraft it agreed to buy from Seattle-based Boeing Co. in the next 20 years. GE will make engines for 31 Boeing 767s Delta ordered. Derby, England-based Rolls-Royce will provide engines for 10 Boeing 777s that the carrier took options to buy, if those become firm orders. The choices are a blow to Hartford, Conn.
July 8, 1989 |
The FBI has recovered three F-16 jet engines that were missing at least four days ago from this base in northern Utah, officials said Friday. "The latest we have on the theft and recovery of the missing jet engines is that they've been found, they've been located and are in the possession of the government. They were recovered by the FBI," said Air Force spokeswoman Maj. Donna Pastor in Washington.
November 21, 1995 |
The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday ordered increased inspections of the jet engines used in half a dozen popular airliners. The agency ordered airlines to make increased sonic and electromagnetic inspections of the spools in General Electric CF6 engines. Spools are metal discs that hold the engine's compressor blades. The order affects 825 engines used on Airbus A300 and A310, Boeing 747 and 767 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and MD-11 planes.
June 13, 1989 |
British manufacturer Rolls-Royce PLC said today that California-based International Lease Finance Corp. has agreed to buy aircraft engines worth $200 million. The airliner leasing company has ordered 22 engines for Boeing 757s and 13 engines for 747s and 767s. Rolls-Royce director Frank Turner told reporters at the Paris international air show that the purchase was based on a business agreement between the two groups drafted in May, 1988. International Lease Finance Corp.
September 11, 1985 |
An Air India Boeing 747 burst 14 of its 16 tires as it made an emergency landing today after a bird was sucked into one of its four engines.
June 17, 1989 |
Investigators have found severe cracks in the engines of grounded Boeing 737-400s operated by British carriers, the Times of London reported Friday. The Department of Civil Aviation, which ordered the aircraft grounded last week, and the Department of Transport said they could not confirm or deny the report. The Times said the cracks were more serious than the breaking of fan blades in two engines, which occurred during two British flights last week. It said that new cracks have been found on previously untested engines.
September 16, 1988 |
Federal investigators on Thursday ruled out engine failure as the primary cause of the crash of a Delta Air Lines jet last month, saying there was no evidence that the engines had suffered a mechanical breakdown prior to impact. The Aug. 31 crash as the Boeing 727 was attempting to take off from the Dallas-Ft. Worth airport killed 14 of the 108 people aboard. The three pilots survived, but none was able to shed light on the cause of the crash in initial interviews.
April 10, 1999 |
An investigation into a rash of crashes at the nation's largest F-16 base has led to the discovery of engine cracks in 17 of the jet fighters, the Air Force said Friday. Cracks up to an inch long were found in the jets' Pratt & Whitney 220 engines, Luke Air Force Base spokeswoman Mary Jo May said. About 75% of the jets have been inspected so far at Luke, which has 190 of the nation's roughly 400 F-16s. "If we find cracks, those engines will not be flown anymore.