By Matt Tomsic
Published Sept. 17, 2012
The safety board is recommending all operators to examine their GEnx engines before flying if those engines haven’t been inspected yet and is recommending repetitive inspections to monitor the engines. The first several Lowcountry-built Dreamliners have GEnx engines. Boeing South Carolina was unavailable for comment.
On Aug. 31, workers found a cracked fan midshaft on a 787 in Puget Sound. The Dreamliner hadn’t been flown.
On Sept. 11, a Boeing 747 operated by Air Bridge Cargo lost power in one engine during a takeoff in Shanghai. The pilot didn’t take off and returned to the ramp, according to the safety board.
“Photographs of the low pressure turbine show damage similar to the GEnx-1B engine from the Charleston incident,” according to an NTSB news release. “The NTSB will continue to coordinate with our investigative counterparts in China.”
The safety board announced all in-service and spare GEnx-1B engines have been inspected as well as all GEnx-2B engines on passenger airplanes. But about 43 GEnx-2B engines on 747 cargo planes have not been inspected.