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FAA Orders ‘Urgent’ 787 Repair After Engine Fails at 20,000 Feet

  • FAA says pilots need updated instructions within seven days
  • New version of General Electric's GEnx-1B engines prone to ice
A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft performs in an aerial flying display during the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, U.K., on July 14, 2014.
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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Airlines flying Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner jets with the latest General Electric Co. engines were ordered to repair them, or swap out at least one with an older model, in an urgent safety directive issued after an in-flight failure.

A GEnx-1B PIP2, part of a family of engines plagued by issues related to icing, suffered “substantial damage” in the Jan. 29 incident, when ice on the fan blades broke loose, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said in an order published Friday in the Federal Register.