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Kenya Airways’ B737s Could Stall Midair After Months On Ground, Warns FAA

Kenya Airways’ B737s Could Stall Midair After Months On Ground, Warns FAA

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) says the Boeing 737NG aircraft that have been idle since the outbreak of Covid-19 could form corrosion on the air check valves, an anomaly that can lead to stalling of the two engines when the airplane is flying.
Daily Nation reports that Kenya Airways will be forced to inspect afresh, the engines of its 10 Boeing 737 New Generation aircraft after the US aviation regulator warned that they could stall mid-air after being grounded for months.
Kenya Airways has 10 Boeing 737NG, mainly used for mid-range flights such as the Africa routes in its fleet of 42.
The FAA said the airlines must replace the engine valves ahead of flying if they are corroded.
In a statement last week, Boeing Company, the manufacturer of the planes, said it had advised operators to inspect the aircraft that had been grounded for long or used infrequently in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.
Boeing reckons that the valves can be more susceptible to corrosion.
Kenya Airways said it was addressing the issue before taking to the skies in a move that will assure passengers of their safety once international flights resume.
The Boeing 737-800 has a flying range of 5,665 kilometres.
KQ grounded its international flights on April 6 after Kenya closed its airspace to passenger planes in order to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The carrier has, however, been operating its fleet of Boeing 787 that it had converted into cargo flight for long-haul services, especially to Europe and Asia.
This is the second time that Boeing has issued an airworthiness directive on this type of aircraft since late last year.
Last September the FAA wrote to Kenya Airways directing it to inspect its fleet of Boeing 737 New Generation aircraft for potential cracks.
KQ reported a Sh12.9 billion loss for the financial year ended December 2019, up from Sh7.7 billion in 2018, with losses attributed to increased cost of operations.
The airline estimates it lost Sh10 billion in the six months to June this year.

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