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Safety Board Probes Loss of Power on Delta Engine

DALLAS (AP) - Federal safety inspectors say they are
investigating the loss of power in one engine on a Delta Air Lines
flight last month from Shanghai to Atlanta.

British investigators say a similar incident occurred before a British Airways crash landing in January at London's Heathrow Airport.

Both planes were Boeing 777s equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 895
engines. In September Boeing recommended procedures to prevent ice
from building up in fuel lines on long, high-altitude flights.

Officials say that in the Nov. 26 incident, the Delta jet lost power in the right engine as it cruised 39,000 feet over Montana.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilots immediately took the twin-engine jet down to 31,000 feet, where the right engine resumed normal operation, and the flight continued on to Atlanta without further incident. None of the 232 passengers or 15 crew members aboard Flight 18 were injured,.

The board said flight data recorders from the plane were taken for examination and both pilots have been interviewed.

Betsy Talton, a spokeswoman for Atlanta-based Delta, declined to say Thursday whether pilots took the actions recommended by Boeing.
She says that's part of the ongoing federal investigation. She says
Delta will partner closely with investigators and comply with any
recommended actions as soon as possible.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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