7 major airlines outsourcing 40% of their maintenance

A Boeing 737-300 has recently been forced to perform an emergency landing after an explosive depressurization due to a rather big hole in its fuselage. Reports suggested that some MRO (Maintenance; Repair; and Overhaul) operations had been outsourced to El Salvador, and might have caused such an accident.

However, the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) said that the last heavy « C » check – the last major MRO operation on the aircraft – was performed at the Dallas Southwest maintenance facilities in March 2010.

The TWU (Transport Workers Union) has condemned the use of aircraft repair stations outside the USA, calling on Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration to toughen the FAA’s oversight – Watch the video:

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Tidal waves being reported in Pacific

WARNING: Tidal waves are being reported in the Pacific area, which means that tsunamis are on the making, and can threaten Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Hawaii, Easter Island, and other islands in the Pacific. Some waves would have already reached up to 2.4 meters above normal sea level off Chilean coasts.

TSUNAMI WARNING for Chile, Peru, and Ecuador after 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit near Cauquenes, Chile – Between Santiago and Concepcion


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BREAKING NEWS – Saturday, February 27th, 2010

A tsunami warning was issued. The quake struck 197 miles (317 kilometers) southwest of Santiago, and at a depth of 36.9 miles (59.4 kilometers) at 3:34 a.m. (0634 GMT; 1:34 a.m. EST). Shaken and collapsed buildings have been reported in the capital, Santiago. Communications are down. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Chile and Peru, and a less-urgent tsunami watch for Ecuador.