FAA Says Remove or Inspect 787 ELT Beacons

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The US Federal Aviation Administration instructed airlines to remove or inspect emergency beacons in Boeing 787 Dreamliners, following a fire earlier this month. The agency is now aligned with Boeing, which advised airlines last week to inspect or remove the device, known as an emergency locator transmitter or ELT. The issue arose after fire broke out on a 787 operated by Ethiopian Airlines at a remote stand at London’s Heathrow airport. The fire caused extensive damage in the rear of the plane and scorched the top of the outer skin of the fuselage just forward of the vertical tail fin. The 787′s fuselage is made of carbon-fibre composite, a material that burns at a lower temperature than the aluminium alloy used in traditional aircraft designs. (From Reuters, in AIRWISE)

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