29 Oct '16, 8pm

#AmericanAirlines plane engine flung debris in rare, risky failure

#AmericanAirlines plane engine flung debris in rare, risky failure

(REUTERS) – An American Airlines jet engine that failed seconds before takeoff in a fiery runway accident at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport flung broken turbine parts as far as nearly 915 metres from the scene, a federal investigator said on Saturday (Oct 29). Disclosure of the “uncontained” failure,” in which internal engine parts breach the protective housing designed to keep them safely enclosed, even in a breakdown, came a day after a mishap that authorities said neared the point of disaster but caused no serious injuries. Shrapnel escaping from the engine’s outer cover can tear through the cabin or rupture fuel tanks in the wings. Such engine failures are extremely rare, and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators were looking for clues as to whether the fault lay with the engine itself, with its manufacture or a freak event such as debris on...

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