FAA orders cockpit windows replaced
U.S. airlines must have cockpit windows on their Boeing 747 jetliners inspected or replaced after reports of fires on other Boeing planes, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The order is aimed at eliminating loose connections in the electrical system that heats windows to prevent ice from forming, the FAA said in a notice to be published tomorrow in the Federal Register. The order covers 251 aircraft. The inspections will cost carriers $5.4 million collectively.
There have been 11 reports of fires in the past two decades, most recently in an emergency landing by a United 757 at Dulles International Airport on May 16, the FAA said in July.
While there have been no reports of fires on 747s, the FAA has said it planned an inspection order for those planes because they have windows similar to other Boeing models that have had fires. The FAA in July issued a window-inspection order that covered 1,212 757, 767 and 777 planes.