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International - August 10, 2020

U.S. issues security alerts for 10 Kenya Airways Boeing aircraft

Mr. Kibe said in an interview with Business Daily. The FAA says that if they are corroded, airlines must replace engine valves before flying. Aircraft manufacturer Boeing said in a statement last week that it has advised operators to inspect aircraft that have been grounded for a long time or infrequently used after the Covid-19 pandemic. Boeing believes that these valves are more susceptible to corrosion. Kenya Airways said it is addressing this issue before taking action to ensure the safety of passengers after the resumption of international flights this Saturday.

“KQ has established a process and has taken measures to ensure that all its affected aircraft have before they return to the sky, the proposal is complete. “The airline said in an email response to the “Business Daily”. Kenya Airways usually uses this type of aircraft on African routes and has a larger number of passengers because it carries a large number of passengers compared to Embraer 190. The Boeing 737-800 has a flight distance of 5665 kilometers. To curb the spread of Covid-19, KQ grounded its international flights on April 6.

Kenya Airways will be forced to re-examine the engines of its 10 Boeing 737 next- generation aircraft after the US aviation regulator warned that they may stall in the air after being grounded for several months. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated that the Boeing 737NG aircraft that has been idle since the outbreak of Covid-19 may form corrosion on the air check valve. This abnormal phenomenon may cause the two engines to stall during the flight. Gilbert Kibe, Director General of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), stated that they have received a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and added that the agency will ensure that local airlines such as Kenya Airways comply.

Kenya Airways has 10 Boeing 737NGs in its 42 fleet, which are mainly used for mid-way flights, such as African routes. “We have received communications and Kenya Airways has also issued an alert. We will monitor the mission,”

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