China Airlines (CAL) has confirmed that a series of recent in-flight engine failures on its Airbus A330-300 fleet were caused by corrosion of engine blades. The Taipei-based airline experienced the shut-downs of its GE Aviation A330 engines three times in the last four months, on 4 November, 25 December and 24 January. Although none of the incidents caused any danger to passengers, CAL confirmed that it has ordered the immediate repair and replacement of blades used in all GE Aviation engines in its A330 fleet. A team of specialists from GE Aviation has already arrived in Taiwan to help with the repair work.
A CAL statement said that an investigated has found that CAL’s maintenance procedures are no different from those of other carriers, and are in keeping with GE Aviation and Airbus standards. The airline said that after the blades are replaced, it won’t need to take any further action because all of the engines are still “within the safety zone.”
Taiwan’s Minister of Transportation, Mao Zhi-guo, recently confirmed that CAL has “adopted more stringent maintenance procedures for the planes