|The engine on JA825J, has presumably been inspected for cracks|
I can imagine the akkk..akkk..akkk rapid intake of air squiggling through the tightened throats of Boeing and General Electric engineers at even the mention of those four words loss - of- the - airplane strung together in that particular order, but let's look at the facts.
|The Dreamliner takes off from Charleston. Photo courtesy Boeing|
On September 11, a Boeing 747-800 Airbridge Cargo flight, sporting the same GEnx engines experienced an engine shutdown during the takeoff roll. The takeoff was aborted and damage was found in the low pressure turbine along with broken fan blades.
Certainly this is worrisome, as is the FAA's statement that, "the root cause is still somewhat unknown."
I'm not a nervous flyer, but I must confess I don't take a lot of comfort in being told nobody yet knows what's causing brand new engines on brand new airplanes to deteriorate. Boarding JAL's 787 from Tokyo to Boston this morning I gave more than a cursory glance through the window at the mighty turbine on the Dreamliner I was about to board, and I was not alone.
|A passenger watches JA825J prior to departure from Tokyo|
The JAL mechanic looked up and down, and side to side - even getting on his knees as one point to get a look see at the engine's innards.
Between now and the next check in 90 days we keep our fingers crossed hoping the air safety sleuths will have figured out the why so operators can be told how to get a permanent fix.
|Sunrise over the wing and GEnx engine, as we headed east toward Boston|