Monday, October 26, 2009

Engine failure may have led to jet crash

SHARJAH // An aviation expert said yesterday it was possible that last week’s terminal plane crash was caused by an engine falling off the Boeing 707 shortly after take-off.

Kieran Daly, editor of the highly respected Air Transport Intelligence, an online news service for aviation production professionals, said the four-engined 707, which Boeing stopped building in 1970, was prone to such accidents.

“The point being that the 707 over the years has a little of a history of losing an engine,” said Mr Daly. “So when something like this happens, that becomes the clear suspicion.”

Although capable of taking off with only two engines functioning, Mr Daly said a 707 would move violently to do so if one had come off altogether.

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