MIDDLE EAST: B777 Heathrow crash report released
The 2008 British Airways Boeing 777 crash-landing at London Heathrow Airport was probably the result of a fault that didnÃ¢â‚¬™t fall within the current aircraft safety legislation is the verdict of an official report released last month into the January 2008 incident in which the airliner came down short of the runway and crash landed […]
March 1, 2010
The likely cause, according to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), was ice that had accumulated in the 777Ã¢â‚¬™s fuel supply that formed from water that would be present in the fuel anyway.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Certification requirements, with which the aircraft and engine fuel system had to comply, did not take account of this phenomenon as the risk was unrecognised at that timeÃ¢â‚¬Â, the report stressed, explaining that research concerning ice build-up in fuel supplies dated back over 50 years, but the effects of it were only much more recently discovered.