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FAA Orders Increased G.E. Jet Engine Checks

<i> Associated Press</i>

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday ordered increased inspections of the jet engines used in half a dozen popular airliners.

The agency ordered airlines to make increased sonic and electromagnetic inspections of the spools in General Electric CF6 engines. Spools are metal discs that hold the engine’s compressor blades.

The order affects 825 engines used on Airbus A300 and A310, Boeing 747 and 767 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and MD-11 planes.

The inspections were recommended after an incident in which a cracked spool resulted in an engine failure on a DC-10.

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