Boeing asks for beacon checks on up t...

Boeing asks for beacon checks on up to 1,200 jets

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Schmahl Defucker

South Jordan, UT

#1 Jul 29, 2013
Source: Reuters

(Reuters)- Boeing (BA.N) has asked airlines to inspect up to 1,200 aircraft across its fleet to gather data on Honeywell (HON.N) emergency beacons that have come under scrutiny following a fire on a parked 787 Dreamliner two weeks ago.

The blaze caused serious damage to the jet owned by Ethiopian Airlines at London's Heathrow on July 12.

Between 1,100 and 1,200 Boeing aircraft of all sizes have been fitted with the beacons, but Boeing is asking that airlines inspect as many as possible and report back within 10 days to help regulators decide what action to take, if any.

"Boeing is asking specific operators of 717, Next-Generation 737, 747-400, 767 and 777s to inspect aircraft with the Honeywell fixed emergency locator transmitters," a Boeing spokesman said in an emailed statement late on Sunday.

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