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 didn’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 […]


The 2008 British Airways Boeing 777 crash-landing at London Heathrow Airport was probably the result of a fault that didn’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 without causing serious injury to any of its 152 passengers and crew.

The likely cause, according to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), was ice that had accumulated in the 777’s fuel supply that formed from water that would be present in the fuel anyway.

“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 time”, 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.