Door Blows Out During Ground Test on Boeing 777X Jet
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September 6, 2019 - by Dominic Gates for seattletimes.com
Boeing's new widebody jet, the 777X, suffered a setback Thursday afternoon during a high-pressure stress test on the ground when one of the airplane's doors exploded outward.
One 777X employee working in a nearby bay at Boeing's Everett plant said he heard "a loud boom and the ground shook."
The accident happened to what's called the "static test airplane," one of the two airplanes in any new jet program that are built for ground testing only and will never fly. It was during the final test that must be passed as part of the airplane's certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The failure of the door will require careful analysis to find out why it happened, and it may mean Boeing will have to replace the door and repeat the test.
The 777X program is already delayed due to a problem with development of the GE-9X engine...
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