Engine Icing Warning for 747 and 787

Sunday, November 24, 2013
By George Hatcher

Boeing warned 15 carriers to avoid flying the 747 and 787 near “high level thunderstorms” because of a risk of engine-icing problems. Six incidences of GEnx engines losing thrust at high altitude because of a buildup of ice crystals behind the front fan led to Boeing issuing a notice probating flying at high altitude within 50 miles of thunderstorms.

In the meantime, GE and Boeing are working to control the problem.

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