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July 29, 2013

Monday Midday Must-Reads

-Asiana Airlines pilots apparently had difficulty landing at San Francisco International Airport prior to the crash that occurred on July 6. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Korean airline had an unusually high rate of aborted landings at SFO.  "One such aborted landing happened July 19, just days after SFO reopened the runway where Flight 214 crashed. The Asiana jet pulled out of its early-afternoon landing just 14 seconds from touchdown," the newspaper reports. "Sources tell us the plane appeared to be coming in too low and too fast. The plane landed without incident 18 minutes later."

-Boeing is asking airlines to inspect the emergency beacons on its planes after ANA and United both found faults in the devices on Boeing 787s. The fixed emergency locater transmitters are also on Boeing 717, next-generation 737, 747-400, 767 and 777 aircraft, this Bloomberg article reports.

-And last week, the FAA proposed a $2.75 million fine against Boeing for not fixing its quality-control system in a timely fashion after the manufacturer found mechanics installing nonregulation fasteners in 2008. "The FAA concedes Boeing stopped using these nonregulation fasteners after discovering the problem," the Seattle Times article says. "However, it alleges Boeing did not immediately address the quality-control issues that had allowed mechanics to install the wrong fasteners."

-Andrea Ahles

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