Boeing, Cargo Carriers Fight Cost Of Compliance
Cargo carriers and manufacturers oppose a proposed fix for a problem the NTSB says likely caused the in-flight explosion of TWA Flight 800 near Long Island, N.Y., in 1996. That event killed all 230 aboard. The FAA has applied a fix for passenger aircraft and now wants to apply changes to cargo jets. The NTSB has estimated that the problem (faulty wiring in a fuel tank) would cause similar events every four years. And in 2001 a 737-400 suffered an explosion while on the ramp at Bangkok, and in 2006 a 727-200 suffered an explosion while on the ground in India. But Boeing says the risk for cargo operators is "less than extremely improbable," the Seattle Times reported Friday. The manufacturer has found support from Airbus, the airline trade group A4A, UPS and FedEx. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking in more ways than one.
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