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New Boeing 787 Problem: Engine Icing

Planes should avoid potentially icy thunderstorms, says company

(Newser) - Boeing is alerting airlines about possible engine icing problems on some of its new planes—including the troubled 787 Dreamliner and the 747-8 model. The company is recommending that planes with a specific General Electric engine avoid flying near thunderstorms that might contain ice crystals. Boeing says it issued the... More »

Smirnoff Squashes Icing Site

Bros take a knee; site takes a hike

(Newser) - Bros Icing Bros has gotten an icy reception from Smirnoff. Though many assumed the company had jumped on the viral bandwagon and was secretly behind the sweeping-frathouses-by-storm drinking game —in which one bro creatively surprises another bro with a bottle of Smirnoff Ice, forcing him to take a knee... More »

Buffalo Flight's De-Icing 'Antiquated:' Suit

(Newser) - The first lawsuit involving the crash of Continental Flight 3407 contends that the turboprop airplane should not have been flying at all in icy conditions, the Buffalo News reports. The “antiquated de-icing boots,” said a lawyer filing suit on behalf of Cantor Susan A. Wehle, “are 1920s,... More »

Plane's Wreckage Removed to Beat Buffalo Snowstorm

NTSB investigators probing de-icing system, flying conditions

(Newser) - Crews are working to shift the wreckage of Continental Connection Flight 3407 from the crash site before a snowstorm hits, the Buffalo News reports. Half the wreckage has already been removed and five of the plane's six de-icing valves have been recovered. Investigators hope to determine whether the de-icing system,... More »

Plane Plummeted 20 Times Faster Than Normal

Flight recorders found; cause of crash still unknown

(Newser) - Nothing went wrong on Flight 3407 until 26 seconds before the plane slammed into the ground. But in that time, it fell more than 20 times faster than normal, at one point dropping 800 feet in 5 seconds, the Buffalo News reports. Black box recorders found on the ground in... More »

Buffalo Crash Likely Caused by Ice: NTSB

(Newser) - The Continental turboprop plane that crashed last night near Buffalo, killing 50, was likely brought down by icing, MSNBC reports. The NTSB, which has recovered the cockpit voice recorder, said the crew talked about “significant ice buildup, ice on the windshield and wings” before crashing into a suburban neighborhood.... More »

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