Boeing (Chicago) is asking all operators of around 1,200 Boeing aircraft to inspect the Honeywell ELT devices on board the aircraft. According to this report by Reuters, “Boeing is asking specific operators of 717, Next-Generation 737, 747-400, 767 and 777s to inspect aircraft with the Honeywell fixed emergency locator transmitters,” a Boeing spokesman said in an emailed statement sent late yesterday. Airbus is also reviewing its ELTs made by Honeywell.
The action comes as a result of the findings of the fire in a Honeywell ELT on board a parked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is now focusing on possible condensation on the parked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 (ET-AOP) at London Heathrow Airport and a possible pinched wire in an emergency beacon (ELT) as the possible cause of the July 12 fire, according to people familiar with the investigation and this report by Reuters.
Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated it will require inspections of all Honeywell ELTs on all 787s. However the FAA stopped short of requiring the airlines to disconnect or remove the ELTs.
The safety of passengers and crew members who fly aboard Boeing airplanes is our highest priority.
As a party to the investigation, Boeing supports the two recommendations from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), which we think are reasonable precautionary measures to take as the investigation proceeds. We are working proactively to support the regulatory authorities in taking appropriate action in response to these recommendations, in coordination with our customers, suppliers, and other commercial airplane manufacturers.
We are confident the 787 is safe and we stand behind its overall integrity.