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Fuel contamination the answer to London crash?

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Feb. 12, 2008 at 10:40 am |
February 12, 2008 10:40 am

British and American accident investigators are narrowing their search for the culprit in last month’s non-fatal crash of a British Airways Boeing 777 at London’s Heathrow Airport.

That plane, inbound from Beijing, landed on a grassy area short of the runway when its twin engines failed to respond to the pilots’ command for more thrust.

According to aerospace sources, the investigators are considering whether a slush of ice crystals clogged the fuel lines just as the plane was about to land, starving the engines of fuel.

According to the Wall Street Journal, both United and American airlines are reviewing their procedures to ensure that fuel contaminated with water isn’t loaded onto their aircraft.

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