Boeing Denies Explosion Risk in 777 Fleet, Cites Safety Redundancies

Boeing Denies Explosion Risk in 777 Fleet, Cites Safety Redundancies
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Boe¬≠ing vehe¬≠ment¬≠ly dis¬≠putes a recent Dai¬≠ly Mail report alleg¬≠ing a crit¬≠i¬≠cal elec¬≠tri¬≠cal issue in its 777 air¬≠planes could lead to explo¬≠sions. The com¬≠pa¬≠ny calls the report ‚Äúmis¬≠lead¬≠ing‚ÄĚ and empha¬≠sizes the plane‚Äôs safe¬≠ty measures.

‚ÄúMod¬≠ern com¬≠mer¬≠cial air¬≠planes incor¬≠po¬≠rate mul¬≠ti¬≠ple redun¬≠dan¬≠cies to safe¬≠guard against elec¬≠tro¬≠mag¬≠net¬≠ic effects,‚ÄĚ states a Boe¬≠ing spokesper¬≠son. ‚ÄúThe 777 has a stel¬≠lar safe¬≠ty record, hav¬≠ing flown over 3.9 bil¬≠lion pas¬≠sen¬≠gers for near¬≠ly 30 years.‚ÄĚ

FAA Notice and Boe­ing Response:

The Dai¬≠ly Mail report hinged on a Fed¬≠er¬≠al Avi¬≠a¬≠tion Admin¬≠is¬≠tra¬≠tion (FAA) memo from March 2024 regard¬≠ing poten¬≠tial ‚Äúelec¬≠tro¬≠sta¬≠t¬≠ic dis¬≠charge.‚ÄĚ This memo, how¬≠ev¬≠er, is a Notice of Pro¬≠posed Rule¬≠mak¬≠ing (NPRM), out¬≠lin¬≠ing a pro¬≠posed reg¬≠u¬≠la¬≠tion, not a final directive.

Boe­ing addressed the sit­u­a­tion in Novem­ber 2023 with a ser­vice bul­letin. While air­lines may take action based on the bul­letin, they are not oblig­at­ed to until the FAA final­izes the regulation.

Address­ing Safe­ty Concerns:

The arti­cle high­lights Boe­ing’s recent pub­lic rela­tions chal­lenges, cit­ing past inci­dents. How­ev­er, Boe­ing empha­sizes its com­mit­ment to safe­ty and high­lights exist­ing redun­dan­cies in its airplanes.

Trans­paren­cy and Ongo­ing Communication:

The FAA and Boe­ing are fol­low­ing stan­dard pro­ce­dures to ensure con­tin­ued air­wor­thi­ness of the 777 fleet. Trans­paren­cy and open com­mu­ni­ca­tion through­out the process are crucial.

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