Federal Aviation Administration officials in Washington answered questions concerning the safety of "Jumbo Jet" engines at a press conference, on Saturday (3 October), following recent engine failures.
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MS Oscar Bakke and Richard Sliff on rostrum facing journalists questions
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CV Sliff speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 3: BAKKE: "I don't know how to give a better non-technical answer except I have every confidence in the air-craft. When I said it's safe by definition, if it did not fully meet our certification requirements the administrator would have no option but either to revoke or to suspend the airworthiness certificate of any particular aircraft or the type certificate of all of them."
SEQ 5: SLIFF: "This aircraft has a high degree of overall reliability than three of the other common jets in service, and we have focused on the engine, but we have to focus on the entire aircraft if you want to talk about reliability and safety, and as I told you, we do account for, and expect, the possibility of engine failures."
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Background: Federal Aviation Administration officials in Washington answered questions concerning the safety of "Jumbo Jet" engines at a press conference, on Saturday (3 October), following recent engine failures. They flatly denied that the aircraft were operating at near-critical engine temperatures, and said they were safe without qualification.
Mr. Richard S. Sliff....Deputy Director of the F.A.A.'s Flight Standards Service...told reporters that none of the Boeing 747 engines failures so far had resulted in conditions anything near critical. The National Transportation Safety Board had earlier charged that the 350 passenger jetliners had been flying under conditions which could cause a catastrophe.