Friday 6 December 2019

Boeing aircraft had 'clean bill of health' after safety check just last week

The Boeing aircraft that crashed in Ukraine had a "clean bill of health" and underwent its most recent maintenance check just last week, Malaysia Airlines said.

All communication systems on the aircraft were also functioning normally.

The B777-200 was built in July 1997 and had been in service for 17 years, clocking up 75,322 hours in service over 11,434 cycles.

The airline said in a statement that the plane had a "clean maintenance record", adding: "The aircraft's last maintenance check was on 11 July 2014. The next check was due on 27 Aug 2014. The maintenance was conducted at Malaysia Airlines' hangar at KLIA. The aircraft had a clean bill of health."

The plane, which used the Rolls-Royce Trent-800 engine, had a 282-seat capacity.

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