FAA raises alarm about fuel-laden wings exploding on 300 Boeing planes used by American and United Airlines

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by Cassie B., Natural News:

Three hundred Boeing planes that are currently being used by popular U.S. airlines have a flaw that could cause fires or explosions.

This is according to the FAA, who proposed a new airworthiness directive earlier this year about an electrical fault seen on 777 jets used by American and United Airlines. If the flaws in question are not addressed, the fuel tanks on the wings of the plane could catch on fire and explode.

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They reported the problem in March and asked Boeing and outside experts to respond by May 9; it is not known if they have addressed this yet. The FAA requested that they install new electrical bonding and grounding to prevent electrostatic discharge near the air intake systems on the center-wing fuel tanks.

According to FAA projections, a safety fix for this dangerous problem would cost Boeing less than $700,000 in total across all of the vulnerable aircraft, while the parts needed to eliminate the explosion risk would cost less than $100 per plane. The company’s market cap is $113 billion, so the idea that they would ignore safety over such a trivial amount of money is enough to make anyone steer clear from their aircraft.

However, a spokesperson for Boeing claimed that the notice was merely part of a “standard regulatory process that has helped ensure air travel is the safest form of transportation. This is not an immediate safety of flight issue.”

Although they are doing their best to try to reassure passengers, Boeing has been plagued with scandals recently, with a lengthy list of problems that include mid-air engine fires, door plug blowouts and fatal crashes.

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