Wed, Jun 13, 2007
Says Crankshaft Counterweight Causing Abnormal Wear
If you were hoping to catch a flight out of Nantucket this week,
chances are your plans have changed. Cape Air, which provides
service throughout the East Coast and Caribbean utilizing a fleet
of 49 Cessna 402 cabin-class twins, has grounded those planes to
make engine repairs.
The problems lie with abnormal wear, linked to a crankshaft
counterweight in the Continental Teledyne TSIO-520s used on the
airline's 402Cs, according to the airline.
"Several recent engine abnormalities have led us to examine the
wear-rate in one of the engine components," the airline said. "To
eliminate any risk this could create, replacement parts will be
installed in every airplane and we have brought in colleagues from
the engine manufacturer and the FAA to support our effort."
Cape Air spokeswoman Michelle Haynes tells the Nantucket
Inquirer and Mirror the airline has already repaired five of its
planes, and is making limited flights from Boston to Martha's
Other routes will be brought back online as the aircraft to fly
them return to the fleet; the airline hopes to resume its full
schedule next week.
The airline is working to arrange alternate travel for affected
passengers, including busses and ferry tickets. Island Air is also
honoring Cape Air tickets, so long as there's room on its
According to the company's website, Cape Air carried over
650,000 passengers in 2006, making it the largest independent
regional airline in the United States.
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