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Boeing suspends load test for new 777X aircraft

Stock MarketsSep 08, 2019 02:10AM ET
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(Reuters) - Boeing Co (N:BA) on Saturday announced it had suspended load testing of its new widebody 777X aircraft as media reports said a cargo door failed in a ground stress test.

"During final load testing on the 777X static test airplane, the team encountered an issue that required suspension of the test," Boeing spokesman Paul Bergman said in a statement.

The Seattle Times reported a cargo door exploded outward during a high-pressure stress test on the ground. The newspaper said the accident occurred on a static test airplane, which is built for ground testing only and not intended to fly.

"Overall testing is continuing," Bergman said. The test occurred on Thursday, he said, declining to provide other details of the incident.

The problem happened during the final test that must be passed as part of the plane's certification by the Federal Aviation Administration, the newspaper report said.

In final load testing, planes are subjected to loads and stresses that are well beyond normal operational conditions, the spokesman said, adding that the incident is under review.

The company previously reported a delay on its 777X widebody program as General Electric Co (N:GE) engine problems pushed the first flight into 2020.

Chicago-based Boeing has also been unable to deliver any of its 737 MAX aircraft since the single-aisle plane was grounded worldwide in March after two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people.

Boeing suspends load test for new 777X aircraft
 

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Hank Williams
Hank Williams Sep 07, 2019 9:57PM ET
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Boeing needs to file bankruptcy and scrap all the design flaws and start over. Stop letting greed drive your decisions.
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John Doe Sep 07, 2019 7:39PM ET
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Boeing Headlines this weekend:1) 777x doors fly off during testing.2) 777x testing now suspended.3) 737 max probe, Boeing official pleads the fifth.
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A former Boeing official who played a key role in the development of the 737 MAX has refused to provide documents sought by federal prosecutors investigating two fatal crashes of the jetliner, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Mark Forkner, Boeing’s chief technical pilot on the MAX project, invoked the privilege in response to a grand jury subpoena issued by U.S. Justice Department prosecutors looking into the design and certification of the plane, the person said.
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joe rubens Sep 07, 2019 5:22PM ET
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Airbus is better
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Airbus A321neo suffiering from excessive pitch anomaly similar to Boeing 737 Max and cracks in the wings of several A380's. This are recent reports. It doesn't sound like Airbus is in a position to lead the industry from a safety standard.
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Boeing has some major issues if these are all design flaws that are expected to be corrected with software. Design flaws need to be corrected. How much of a political payoff will be part of this fix.
 
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