Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Boeing expands beacons inspections

Problems were discovered with the transmitters on Boeing's Dreamliner 787 jets

Boeing has expanded inspections of emergency locator beacons made by Honeywell International to include five more aircraft types after problems were discovered with the transmitters on 787 jets.

Boeing's marketing vice president Randy Tinseth said in a blog that the aircraft manufacturer is asking operators of 717, Next-Generation 737, 747-400, 767 and 777 planes to inspect the beacons.

United Airlines and All Nippon Airways last week disclosed issues with the wiring on their Boeing 787's emergency transmitters, the same part of the plane that is getting close scrutiny after a parked Ethiopian Airlines jet burned earlier this month.

Boeing said its expanded request for inspections follows a recommendation by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch that plane models with fixed Honeywell locator beacons be scrutinised.

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