Two American Airways Boeing 777s cracked their windshields nearly again to again during the last week in a sheer coincidence. Each plane managed to land safely; nonetheless, the frequency of the occasion so immediately does elevate questions.
Each plane had been Boeing 777-200s. Photograph: Masakatsu Ukon through Wikimedia CommonsWhat was the primary occasion?
The primary occasion passed off on the 12th of Septemeber when an Amerian Airways Boeing 777-200 took off from Dallas on flight AA36. The plane, tail quantity N778AN, was en path to Madrid and had simply reached 37,000 ft when the pilot reported a cracked windshield.
The airplane descended to 16,000 ft to return to Dallas, after which after receiving permission, it proceeded to land round 100 minutes after it left the airport.
American Airways rolled out one other Boeing 777-200, refueled it, and reboarded the passengers. They reached Madrid secure and sound with a delay of solely round six hours.
As for the unique Boeing 777-200, it took round 24 hours to restore earlier than being flown to Miami and South America. As of this text, it’s at present working a flight to Paris and can return to New York.
The primary occasion. Photograph: FlightRadar24.comWhat was the second occasion?
The second occasion occurred solely two days in a while flight AA48, additionally carried out by a Boeing 777-200, from Dallas to Paris. The airplane, tail quantity N762AN, was on the similar altitude of 37,000 ft when the windshield cracked.
The pilots descended to 27,000 ft and determined to land at New York (developing underneath them). They circled for round 90 minutes, burning off gas earlier than touchdown on JFK’s 22R runway.
American Airways had a spare 777-200 in New York, which they had been in a position to deploy and board passengers in round two and a half hours. The passengers reached their Paris vacation spot with out additional incident.
As for the unique plane, it was repaired and carried out a New York to Paris flight 24 hours later (maybe even some passengers on the primary flight returned on it). It’s at present scheduled to fly again to Miami shortly (the place it can fly proper previous the plane from the primary incident!).
The second occasion. Photograph: FlightRadar24.comAre they linked?
Normally these occasions are comparatively widespread and don’t warrant this writer to roll out the tinfoil, however there are some correlations that make it mightily suspicious.
Each plane are Boeing 777-200s.
They’re each older, with the primary 21 years outdated and the second 18 years outdated.
Each occasions passed off flying to Europe from Dallas, at an altitude of 37,000 ft.
Whereas we don’t know for certain if it was the identical panel of the windshield, the truth that each had the identical technical drawback across the similar level (quickly after departure) is fascinating.
Each occasions passed off inside days of one another.
Much less proof has tied different plane points collectively, and thus this occasion taking place ‘twice’ may be greater than a mere coincidence. American Airways has lots of of flights departing Dallas Fort Value each day, and these two are the one incidences in an prolonged interval, so maybe it’s only a sheer freak occasion.
Easy Flying reached out to American Airways for remark, however as of publishing this text, they’ve but to answer.
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