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Airliner Crash Lands at Heathrow Airport

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First report is out. No evidence of mechanical failures.

Well, lets see how long it takes before they ground triple 7s

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Moon Monkey

They have left all questions about the crash open.Well all but mechanical failure.

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ships-cat

What a suprise.

It must have been the pilots.

After all.. they're cheaper to replace.

Meow Purr.

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What a suprise.

It must have been the pilots.

After all.. they're cheaper to replace.

Meow Purr.

Evidently not, looks like they just waited long enough for the general public to forget about the incident and:

United cancels flights as 777s grounded for tests

Wed Apr 2, 2008 9:48am EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Airlines said it canceled a number of long-haul flights on Wednesday as it grounded its 52 Boeing 777 jets for checks.

The disruption to United's service is the latest in a series of maintenance issues at U.S. airlines in the wake of a recent crackdown by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

United, owned by UAL Corp, said it discovered that certain tests on the 777 planes -- relating to the firing system on one of the five bottles in the cargo fire suppression system -- had not been performed.

United said it voluntarily disclosed this to the FAA and would not operate the planes until the tests were completed. In the meantime, it is providing additional aircraft and putting passengers on other airlines' flights where possible.

By 9 a.m. EST, United said it had canceled 28 of its 84 daily scheduled 777 departures. It uses its fleet of 777 minijumbos chiefly on flights to Europe and Asia. United said more cancellations were likely over the next 24 to 36 hours as it checks each of its 777s.

Last week AMR Corp's American Airlines and Delta Air Lines canceled hundreds of flights for reinspection of 430 MD-80s to ensure compliance with a government safety directive.

The FAA has been assessing airline compliance with safety directives after lapses on inspections for structural cracks were uncovered at Southwest Airlines last month.

(Reporting by Bill Rigby, editing by Mark Porter)

Full story, source: Reuters

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