The effort to find out what happened to Air France Flight 447 on June 1, 2009 seemed all but over in France, when the government announced the launch of a fourth search campaign and the airline pointed a finger of responsibility at Airbus. All 228 aboard the Airbus A330-200 flying from Rio to Paris died when it crashed into the South Atlantic.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » December 10, 2010
Boeing’s conclusion that a short circuit or electrical arc caused by foreign debris in a P100 power distribution panel led to the November 9 fire aboard the second 787 flight test airplane might have come as a relief to those who feared the need for an extensive system re-design.
Some five weeks after an uncontained engine failure forced one of Qantas’s six Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered A380s to make an emergency landing at Singapore’s Changi International Airport, the bills continue to mount for the airline and engine manufacturer alike. Estimates by some financial analysts now place Qantas’s monetary damages at more than $200 million, as four of the airline’s A380s remain grounded until further notice.
Unfazed by pressure from various aviation alphabet groups concerned about the “criminalization” of aircraft accidents, a French court this week found a Continental Airlines mechanic guilty of involuntary manslaughter for his role in the July 25, 2000, crash of an Air France Concorde outside Paris.
Airbus’s launch last week of a new engine option for its A320 single-aisle series has for the moment turned the proverbial spotlight directly on rival Boeing and its own line of narrowbodies. Indeed, the competitive implications of re-engining the 737–or not–now appear unequivocal.
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