Boeing Issues Alert on Possible Engine Icing Problem on New Planes

Pilots warned to keep away from storms that may contain ice crystals on planes with GE engines.
3:00 | 11/25/13

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Now to a new potential danger in the air. Boeing issuing an alert about a possible engine icing problem with new planes. Pilots being warned to keep them away from storm that may contain ice chris also the. Abc's david kerley has the story. Reporter:17 different operators are under awarning this morning. That their g.E. Engines could be affected by ice crystals. The engine's power could be reduced. The airlines being told to fly at least 50 miles from thunderstorms that might contain ice crystals. This is a big nuisance but not the end of the world for boeing. Airlines are just going to have to fly further out of their way. Reporter: Japan airlines is REPLACING 787s ON TWO OF ITS Routes to avoid delays. Deliveries were delayed multiple time. Issues with emergency beacons. And the two battery fires that led to the ground tofg entire fleet. When 787 returned to the sky, we boarded and spoke to boeing's ceo during the flight. Is this plane safe? This plane is absolutely safe. I mean, the battery incidents we had, the airplane was never threatened. Reporter: On the latest problem, they say only a small number of g.E. Engines have experienced the ice issue. G.E. Says we have a fix and it will be implemented soon. This is not a major safety issue. I would have no hesitation getting on the plane myself. Reporter:160 aircraft overall. The fix is a piece of software. Could be installed soon. Passengers probably won't notice much difference because of this problem. Thank you, david. Turn now to the american man

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