§ Mrs. Dunwoody
asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has had discussions with the Civil Aviation Authority concerning the crash of the Boeing 737 at Manchester airport in August, with particular reference to the problem of cracks in the engine burner cans; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ridley
The Civil Aviation Authority is solely responsible for United Kingdom aviation safety requirements and regulations. I understand that as a result of evidence arising from the accident investigation the CAA has required the burner cans on JT8D engines which have completed specified numbers of flights or flight hours to be inspected for unacceptable cracking.