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US Regulators Warned of Problems on Boeing 777s
Yahoo News ^ | March 12 ,2014 | Staff

Posted on 03/12/2014 3:13:28 PM PDT by lbryce

Months before Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 mysteriously vanished, US regulators warned of a "cracking and corrosion" problem on Boeing 777s that could lead to a mid-air breakup and drastic drop in cabin pressure.

The revelation comes amid a desperate search for traces of the plane with 239 people on board, which lost contact with air traffic control at around 1730 GMT Friday, about an hour after take-off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing..

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 777; boeing; china; corrosion; malaysia; mh370; terrorism
FTA:We are issuing this AD (Airworthiness Directive) to detect and correct cracking and corrosion in the fuselage skin, which could lead to rapid decompression and loss of structural integrity of the airplane," the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Well, if it's Boeing, maybe I won't be going.

Another painful blow to was once the quintessential showcase of American technological supremacy.

1 posted on 03/12/2014 3:13:28 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Its worthless to speculate what happened until they find the plane.


2 posted on 03/12/2014 3:16:39 PM PDT by Bayard
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To: lbryce

Oh, Boy. Here we go...


3 posted on 03/12/2014 3:18:55 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: lbryce

The disinformation begins.


4 posted on 03/12/2014 3:30:12 PM PDT by mountainlion
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“Another painful blow to was once the quintessential showcase of American technological supremacy. “

No it’s not. ADs are issued constantly to correct problems before they become a major issue. We have the best system in the world for detecting and correcting problems with aircraft and also the best maintenance in the world.


5 posted on 03/12/2014 3:33:47 PM PDT by dljordan (WhoVoltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: dljordan

I stand corrected.


6 posted on 03/12/2014 3:34:53 PM PDT by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: lbryce

BULLSHIT. Lets wait and see.


7 posted on 03/12/2014 3:35:37 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: lbryce
Another painful blow to was once the quintessential showcase of American technological supremacy.

The B-52 entered military service in 1954. Ongoing updates have included new avionics, data-link communications, electronic defense and offensive systems, and more powerful, fuel-efficient turbofan engines. Used in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the B-52 has been the longest-serving bomber U.S. military history.


8 posted on 03/12/2014 3:41:14 PM PDT by WVKayaker ("Today, doesn't it seem like we have a Corrupt Bastards Club in D.C.? On steroids?" -Sarah Palin)
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To: lbryce

The plane was delivered May 31, 2002. This kind of problem occurs more often on planes used for short haul flights.


9 posted on 03/12/2014 3:42:30 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: lbryce

B777’s also have higher incidences of pitot tube freezeups than other models of Boeing aircraft which lead to autonav/pilot shutdowns like what happened to AF447.


10 posted on 03/12/2014 3:44:00 PM PDT by Mashood
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To: mountainlion

If they wanted to keep it secret, they should have gad Gubmint Motors build it.


11 posted on 03/12/2014 3:46:10 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: lbryce

What was the AD number?


12 posted on 03/12/2014 4:50:26 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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"What was the AD number?"

I don't have the finalized AD#, but the service bulletin was 777-53A0068.

13 posted on 03/12/2014 5:09:12 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: lbryce

The 777 went into service in 1995 and the only fatalities in it’s history prior to now occurred on the Asiana flight that crashed due to pilot error in San Francisco in 2013 (which included the girl that was run over by the rescue vehicle on the ground outside the plane). The plane seems pretty safe based on it’s history.


14 posted on 03/12/2014 5:21:12 PM PDT by Stevenc131
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To: lbryce
Maintenance is not part of the deal with Boeing aircraft. We would get a aircraft back to Everett one or two times a year for retrofit. The B.S. we found when we pulled them apart would blow the publics mind. One with a door 5 crew rest area replacement had a 6-pak of lavs that we removed. The floor was totally rotted out from a water leak under the lavs. This area had been sighed off on inspections a number of times by the airline. It was sent over to B.F. Goodrich next door as it would cost to much for B.A.C. to fix it.
15 posted on 03/12/2014 6:07:44 PM PDT by lostboy61 (Lock and Load and stand your ground!)
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To: lbryce
US Regulators Warned of Problems on Boeing 777s

I'll betcha that there are 'problems' on EVERY plane flying!

16 posted on 03/12/2014 6:46:48 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Bayard

You know this fact is NOT gonna slow us down at all in the Speculation Department!


17 posted on 03/12/2014 6:47:47 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: diogenes ghost

K, Thanks. Never heard of prob’s with the Triple until now.


18 posted on 03/12/2014 7:05:47 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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To: Mashood

Really? Please name your source or sources for these “incidences”.


19 posted on 03/12/2014 7:29:13 PM PDT by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: SkyDancer
Did that AD concern cracking and corrosion near the SATCOM antenna? Some one stated the B777 had pitot icing problems, never heard of that.

Regards,
Bat

20 posted on 03/12/2014 7:34:46 PM PDT by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: BatGuano

Google B777 pitot icing There are plenty of sources.


21 posted on 03/12/2014 7:55:07 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: lbryce

cracking and corrosion in the fuselage skin..... that is not a good thing. Somebody better fix it. I hope Boeing isn’t going to be like GM and drag this out.


22 posted on 03/12/2014 8:04:44 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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I thought that GLUING things together minimizes holes; thus fewer stress concentration points; thus LESS cracking...

HMMMmmm...


23 posted on 03/13/2014 10:34:27 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: BatGuano

Research it yourself.


24 posted on 03/13/2014 10:40:53 AM PDT by Mashood
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To: lbryce

Past FR link from 2005:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1486262/posts

Did this 777 have a bad history from 2005? read the attached link.

http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2005/aair/aair200503722.aspx

In-flight upset; Boeing 777-200, 9M-MRG,

PILOTS on a Boeing 777 from Perth to Kuala Lumpur battled to gain control of the plane last month after an unknown computer error caused the aircraft to pitch violently and brought it close to stalling.

A flight attendant dropped a tray of drinks and another began praying as the Malaysian Airlines pilots fought to counter false information being fed into the aircraft’s autopilot system and primary flight display.

The glitch prompted plane manufacturer Boeing to issue a global notice to all 777 operators alerting them to the problem.

Flight MH124 was about an hour out of Perth when the aircraft began behaving erratically. The incorrect data from a supposedly fail-safe device caused the plane to pitch up and climb 3000ft (914m), cutting its indicated airspeed from 500km/h to 292km/h and activating a stall warning and a “stickshaker”.

A stickshaker vibrates the aircraft’s controls to warn the pilot he is approaching a speed at which the plane will have insufficient lift to keep flying


25 posted on 03/13/2014 11:40:36 AM PDT by ncfool (Taking back America 2016.)
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