Airlines Gambling With People's Lives As Royal Air Force Suspends Fighter Jet Flights After Ash Deposits Found In Engine
If you ever needed confirmation that the airline industry is gambling with everyone's lives just so they can stop the profit bleed and resume flight, here is the Telegraph confirming that airspace over Europe is anything but safe: "Flight training on RAF Typhoon jets was ''temporarily suspended'' today after safety inspectors found deposits of ash in one of the fleet's engines." And yes, these are sturdy military jets: we wonder how fragile passenger jets with GE turbofan engines are faring in their flights.
Safety inspectors took the ''precautionary measure'' to check all of the jets based at RAF Coningsby, in Lincolnshire, after findings small deposits, the Ministry of Defence said.
However the Civil Aviation Authority said it was aware of the incident but would not be changing its guidance to airlines because passenger jets had already shown themselves capable of operating in the conditions.
Asked if there had been any ash-related reports from airlines, a CAA spokeswoman said today: "So far we have only a very few reports from airlines and, of these, all related to visual sightings.
"There have been no reports of damage to aircraft."
An MoD spokesman said the RAF was : ''being extra cautious.''
The ash was found on one of the jets which landed at the base yesterday, he said.