Mon, Nov 24, 2008
Missing Plastic Cap Found In Aircraft Fuel Line, Investigation
The Boeing helicopter assembly facility in Ridley Park, PA shut
down its production lines at 1 pm Friday after a misplaced plastic
cap was found in a fuel line in a V-22 Osprey fuselage.
Representative Joe Sestak, whose congressional district includes
the Boeing plant, said he was informed of the incident by a Boeing
executive. Sestak said the cap was found during an inspection that
began after two dissimilar types of plastic caps couldn't be found
at the end of a shift, the Associated Press said.
"Boeing says they can't rule out that it was not willful, so
therefore they are proceeding as if it were," Sestak said, adding
that production is expected to be shut down through the
The discovery of the foreign object mandated notification of
officials from the Defense Contract Management Agency. Because the
incident is now under federal investigation, Boeing spokesman John
Williamson said he was unable to give specific details.
"Until the Department of Defense completes their review of the
situation and sets the criteria, they will not be accepting
aircraft from us and we won't be producing any," Williamson
As ANN reported, last May production lines
were shut down at the Ridley Park plant when employees discovered
severed wiring on one CH-47 Chinook during a quality control
inspection, and a second with a "suspicious washer."
The incident was attributed to a disgruntled worker, who
recently admitted to the vandalism.
Three-Eight Charlie If you know the name of the first woman to fly solo around the world, you’re ahead of most people. By the way, if you thought it was Amelia Earhart, you&r>[...]
Holding pattern. A racetrack pattern, involving two turns and two legs, used to keep an aircraft within a prescribed airspace with respect to a geographic fix.>[...]
“We need a world-class system of weather prediction in the United States – one, as the National Academy of Sciences recently put it, that is ‘second to none'." So>[...]
Send Them A Story -- We Don't Mind! Do you need another set of eyes to see that story you can't believe Jim just wrote? Want to spread Hognose's unique wisdom and perspective to th>[...]
Cites 'Strong Record On Aviation Security' The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) has endorsed Congressman Ed Markey for the U.S. Senate, specifically noting his proven rec>[...]