UA328 Boeing 777-200 (Image: NTSB/Public Domain)
Air Safety

FAA orders thermal checks on PW4000 compressor fans

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD #2021-05-51) ordering US operators of Boeing 777 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4000-112 engines to carry out thermal checks on compressor blades before allowing them to return to service. The directive comes after initial findings by the [read more]

An image shared widely on social media shows turbine blades embedded into a vehicle in Meersen
Air Safety

Injuries as 747 engine explodes over dutch town

Two people have been taken to hospital with minor injuries after an engine on a Boeing 747-400F failed sending shards of turbine blades to the ground. The incident involved a Longtail Aviation Boeing 747-400F which had just departed Maastricht Airport bound for New York. One engine suffered an uncontained engine [read more]

TUI 737 Max 8 G-TUMA at Manchester Airport
Air Safety

Boeing 737 Max cleared to fly in Europe

The Boeing 737 Max has had its mandatory grounding in Europe ended as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) clears the type to return to service. The beleaguered 737 Max family was grounded following two fatal crashes linked to its MCAS system which was designed to counteract the affects of [read more]

The cockpit on Tundergarth Hill
Air Safety

Lockerbie bomber loses posthumous appeal

Scotland’s Court of Appeal has rejected both grounds of appeal that were lodged by the family of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi following a review found that there may have been a miscarriage of justice. Former Libyan Intelligence Officer al-Megrahi is the only man ever convicted of the 1988 bombing on Pan Am [read more]