October 25, 2008 |
The Navy will inspect hundreds of fighter jets built by Boeing Co. after discovering "fatigue cracks" on more than a dozen aircraft deployed overseas. The service issued an inspection alert for all 636 Hornet aircraft to reduce any safety risk to pilots and the planes. The attack aircraft designed for the Navy and Marine Corps cost roughly $57 million each. Each Hornet will be inspected to check for cracks in a hinge that connects the aileron to the plane's wing. Ailerons are flaps that control a plane's banking movements and help to stabilize the aircraft in flight.
October 18, 2008 |
Delta Air Lines Inc. said it will inspect the engines on its 132 Boeing 757 jetliners after one engine failed and another on an American Airlines plane developed cracks. The National Transportation Safety Board has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to order the inspections, citing "serious concerns that warrant immediate action by the FAA." As of Friday the FAA had not made a decision.
July 31, 2008 |
Regulators are launching a special inspection at Southern California Edison's San Onofre nuclear plant to make sure the utility fixed electrical problems with crucial backup power systems, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday. The visit next week by a three-person team marks the third special inspection in the last 12 months for the coastal facility near San Clemente.
July 28, 2008 |
Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority said Qantas was ordered to quickly inspect every oxygen container aboard its fleet of 30 Boeing 747s. A missing oxygen tank is suspected of causing a large hole in a jumbo jet forced to make an emergency landing Friday in the Philippines with more than 350 people aboard. Aviation authority spokesman Peter Gibson said possible causes of the blast could include metal fatigue in the cylinder, a failure of the regulator valve, a puncture or overheating.
July 9, 2008 |
The Federal Aviation Administration is ordering U.S. airlines to conduct safety inspections to look for cracking on overwing frames on certain MD-80 series aircraft, a directive that could be a headache for an industry reeling from soaring fuel prices. The airworthiness directive, listed in the Federal Register on Tuesday, affects 670 MD-81, MD-82, MD-83, MD-87 and MD-88 aircraft registered in the United States. American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corp.
April 16, 2008 |
Four passengers are suing Southwest Airlines in federal court over flights by dozens of planes that missed inspections during a period of about six years. The lawsuit filed in Birmingham, Ala., seeks class-action status. Its claims include breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and negligent and reckless operation of an aircraft. The suit filed Friday contends the class probably covers more than 10,000 people. The Dallas-based carrier temporarily grounded scores of its older Boeing 737 jetliners last month to carry out the inspections.
April 9, 2008 |
Frustrations and worries mounted Tuesday at U.S. airports after American Airlines said it was canceling as many as 500 flights for another round of maintenance checks. More flight delays are expected today. Cancellations by the world's largest airline were the biggest yet in a rash of maintenance- related disruptions for passengers over the last month that has been accompanied by fare hikes, increasingly crowded planes, higher fuel surcharges and airline shutdowns.
March 19, 2008 |
The Federal Aviation Administration, under fire for its handling of missed safety inspections at Southwest Airlines Co., said it was ordering a check of maintenance records at all U.S. airlines. The FAA's action applies to maintenance records on older Boeing 737 jets. FAA inspectors will check to make sure the airlines have complied with orders to perform the type of inspections that Southwest missed.
March 13, 2008 |
U.S. regulators found "objectionable conditions" in almost half of their inspections of packaged fresh spinach producers but took no "meaningful enforcement action," a congressional report released Wednesday said. The Food and Drug Administration listed poor sanitation and other deficiencies in 47% of 199 inspections from January 2001 to February 2007, according to a report by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. None of the cases was referred to the FDA's enforcement arm for further action.
March 12, 2008 |
Southwest Airlines Co., accused of operating planes that had missed key safety inspections, said Tuesday that it had placed three employees on leave and hired an outside expert to review its maintenance procedures. The Dallas-based airline also said it had promised federal regulators that it would fix any shortcomings in its system of tracking maintenance work. Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed a $10.2-million civil penalty -- the largest ever against an airline -- after finding that Southwest had missed safety inspections for dozens of planes, then kept flying some of them before they could be examined.