GE Probes Mystery Airplane Engine Flaw

by InvestorPlace Staff | September 17, 2012 10:30 am

General Electric (NYSE:GE[1]), the world’s largest maker of jet engines, is investigating another failure[2] of its new GEnx engine after a Boeing (NYSE:BA[3]) 747 freighter was forced to abort its takeoff in Shanghai last Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.

A GEnx engine in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner failed during a taxi test in July at South Carolina’s Charleston International Airport after a broken fan shaft was partially ejected from the engine, starting a fire.

The engine from Tuesday’s nixed flight has been sent to the U.S. for further investigation, although preliminary findings indicate that the issue was related to the engine’s low-pressure turbine and could have occurred for similar reasons as July’s mishap, WSJ reports. In neither incident was the casing to the engine penetrated.

Following the second engine failure, the National Transportation Safety Board appears prepared to request Federal Aviation Administration examinations of all GEnx-1b and -2b engines.

Ryan Hauck, InvestorPlace

Endnotes:
  1. GE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GE
  2. investigating another failure: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443524904577649883541806416.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
  3. BA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BA

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