LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13469 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3151 times:
A key premise of this program is to discuss the continuing risks of the conclusions of the investigation that the probable cause of TWA 800's accident was the ignition of fuel tank vapors due to flaws in electrical components in the fuel tank systems. It does discuss the often discussed 'conspiricy' causes (like an alleged covered up US military missle), but dismissing them. It has interviews with the families of some victims and it affects on them.
I saw an article on this issue back in early June, and it discussed that Boeing has made modifications in recent production 747's to the fuel systems, will make mods upon request to older a/c in service and will have an updated design in place for the 787 as part of it's original design.
Tercer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2803 times:
Just saw it
Quoting CNN: The FAA wants jetliners equipped with a nitrogen safety system to prevent explosions by removing oxygen from fuel tanks. The agency would require the new safety system in new planes coming off the assembly line, as well as the retrofitting of 3,800 large U.S. passenger
Ten years later and the FAA still as not issued an AD (Airworthiness Directive) to fix this issue.. The ATA says it will cost the airlines billions to fix. Could it be the airlines have seen no AD do to fear of the financial backlash that if the real reason TWA 800 broke apart that night comes to light, after making the airlines spend that kind of cash to fix something that is not broken, would be unthinkable.
It's politically sensitive, but it's going to happen.