15 FEBRUARY 2010
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BRITISH AIRWAYS has been admonished from any blame regarding the Boeing 777 crash landing at Heathrow in January 2008. In a report the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said that a build-up of ice in the fuel system had restricted the flow of fuel to its engines causing the flight deck crew an emergency situation less than a mile from the final touchdown point, crash landing just 300 yards short of the runway. All 152 people on board survived. The AAIB said: "Certification requirements, with which the aircraft and engine fuel system had to comply, did not take account of this phenomenon as the risk was unrecognised at that time." Captain Peter Burkill, in command, and who took voluntary redundancy from BA last year, said he was still looking for a new flying role. www.aaib.gov.uk
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