Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Boeing warns of ice risks for 787 and 747-8 jets

Boeing warns of ice risks for 787 and 747-8 jets

By Kate Rice

Boeing has alerted airlines that 787 and 747-8 jets with General Electric engines should avoid thunderstorms that may contain ice crystals.

Aircraft should fly 50 nautical miles around such storms, Boeing advised.

Boeing issued the advisory after finding that ice crystal formation in some instances reduced the engine's thrust.

United, Japan Airlines and Lufthansa are among the airlines that fly the planes covered in the advisory.