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GE Engines Error

GE error forced British Airways jet to make emergency landing 

General Electric Aircraft Engines says its Kentucky plant sent a wrong part to British Airways, causing an engine fire that forced a jet to make an emergency landing in Houston in August. The  Courier-Journal says an internal report and other documents from the Cincinnati-based company show the wrong blade was sent to the customer and that inspections to prevent such errors were inadequate. The report says the British Airways Boeing B-777 took off with 114 passengers from Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport en route to London. Just after takeoff, smoke and fumes entered the cockpit and cabin from a fire in the left engine, forcing the emergency landing and evacuation. GE spokesman Rick Kennedy says the mistake cost the company eight million dollars.

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