Date: 10 Jul 99 02:33:28 From: JF Mezei <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Found an interesting letter about the Swissair 111 crash at the (Canadian) Transportation Safety Board, dated december 1998. http://bst-tsb.gc.ca/eng/about/emergency/Safety_Advisory/esafety_swiss.html Essentially, in inspecting MD-11s in 2 maintenance facilities they found chaffed wires in certain areas and found it necessary to issue an AD requiring MD11 operators to make checks. Question: is the nature of this letter very routine (eg: such problems commonly found) or would it describe a more serious situation ? And about chaffed wires: would finding wires in such condition be common on any plane of age similar to MD-11 fleets or would such a problem generally be associated with much older planes from the 70s ?