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Embraer 190 VA detects fault with engine pylon bolts

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Don't know if this has already been covered. I can't find it on the AFF site so posting here. Australian Financial Review reported yesterday (link attached for those that can access it Virgin Australia aircraft faults discovery prompts global alert).

Slightly disconcerting, although good that VA picked it up in heavy maintenance.

"Virgin has returned nine of its Embraer 190 aircraft to service after they were grounded on the discovery of a fault with bolts that hold the plane's engine in place, which in turn prompted a worldwide alert.
The fault, which was discovered during heavy maintenance carried out on Wednesday night and Thursday, prompted the Brazilian manufacturer to issue an "alert service bulletin" to all airlines operating the Embraer 190 after being informed of the problem by Virgin.
The issue relates to bolts that hold the engine onto the engine pylon, which is attached to the plane's wing.
A full inspection of its fleet of 17 Embraer 190 aircraft found faults with nine of them, which were grounded while repairs were carried out.
"We identified the initial issue with the bolt...we advised the manufacturer and the manufacturer has sent out a notification," a Virgin spokesman told AAP on Friday.
"These aircraft have since undergone the necessary precautionary repairs and have since returned to service," the airline said in an additional statement.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority was also informed.
"At Virgin Australia, the safety of our aircraft is our highest priority and we have been in regular dialogue with Embraer regarding this alert," the airline said.
The Embraer 190 is slightly smaller than a Boeing 737 and is used by Virgin to service regional and metro routes across the country, including Brisbane to Sydney, as well flights to Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands."
 

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Good work identifying an issue and fixing it before it became a problem
 

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It might explain why 2 of my SYD-OOL flights were cancelled last week
 
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We won't be on the Embraer unless every other option is exhausted. Our last time on that one was getting home from an AFL grand final.
 

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This is a good news story, airline operator finds defect in maintenance rather than crash investigator finding it in the wreckage.
 

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To put in a real perspective there are numerous ASBs issued for all aircraft types and models which the public never hear about.

You could say that the E190 is potentially the safest at the moment as they have ALL had a thorough inspection of the area mentioned. Boeing had had similar issues in the past with the 747.
 
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