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Old 16th Aug 2015, 21:57
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tdracer
 
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Chemical in a fuel system test?
Onceapilot - the chemical in question was supposed to be a 'fuel analog' - something to use during testing that has similar qualities to jet fuel but without the flammability risk (we use something called "calibration fluid' when testing certain engine control components - similar density, lubricity, etc. to jet fuel but much lower flammability and hence much safer if something goes wrong). Not only was the stuff not a suitable fuel analog - it was actually fuel system destructive . The good news is that little of it made it into the aircraft fuel system - the exposure (and hence damage) was mainly limited to specific parts of the AR system.


Scuttlebutt is that Boeing is going after the vendor that supplied the "mislabeled" stuff with a vengeance
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