The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday blamed a fractured shaft for an engine fire in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that was assembled in North Charleston.
The engine incident happened July 28 during a test on the runway of the Charleston International Airport. The release says officials with the NTSB, Boeing, and General Electric Aviation, which makes the Dreamliner engines, took the engine apart at GE’s Cincinnati facility to investigate what went wrong.
The NTSB says it appears a fan midshaft on the GEnx engine fractured. That portion of the engine is now undergoing more detailed examinations. However, while the release states the problem affects components inside the engine, it adds, “This design feature generally does not pose immediate safety risks.”
The cockpit flight recorder and flight data recorder both documented the engine problem. The NTSB’s investigation continues.
Sheree Bernardi of Charleston affiliate WTMA contributed to this report