Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Made In The U.S. Air Disaster

While the focus on China lately has been on product safety, of products outsourced to U.S. companies, it's a two way street.

As Taiwan based Air China found out yesterday when its commercial airliner burst into flames upon landing in Okinawa.

The Boeing aircraft and its engine co-produced by a unit of General Electric Co., were involved in a handful of fires on U.S. flights before Monday's dramatic China Airlines explosion.

Minutes after all 165 people aboard evacuated, the China Airlines plane burst into a fireball on the tarmac at Naha Airport in Okinawa, Japan.

The 737-800 had CFM 56 engines, made by CFM International, a joint venture between GE Aviation and France's Snecma.

A preliminary search of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's accident/incident database found four cases involving fires with similar Boeing planes or engines between July 1998 and July 2005.

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