Qantas believes the engine that blew apart on the world's largest jetliner was probably designed or built incorrectly, the chief of the Australian airline said Friday, focusing attention on the engine's manufacturer, Rolls-Royce.
Rohan Sullivan and Vijay Joshi
, November 05, 2010
Hundreds of passengers aboard a British Airways Boeing 747 preparing to depart for London from the Phoenix airport were forced to use slides to evacuate the jet on Friday night after fumes filled the cabin.
For a half-hour, the Boeing 747 and F-16 jet circled the Statue of Liberty and the Financial District near the World Trade Center site. Offices evacuated. Dispatchers were inundated with calls. Witnesses thought the planes were flying dangerously low. But the flyover was nothing but a photo op, apparently one of a series of flights to get pictures of the plane in front of national landmarks. It was carried out by the Defense Department with little warning, infuriating New York officials and putting the White House on the defense.
A Boeing 747 used by the president was escorted over lower Manhattan by two Air Force fighter jets this morning as part of a government photo opportunity, causing a brief panic among office workers near ground zero. Workers from several office buildings poured out onto the streets before they learned that the flights were innocuous.
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