“Don’t Panic” if you’re flying on a Boeing 777

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I go across the Atlantic to the US a few timnes a year. Usually I travel on a 777 because that is largely what American Airlines and United Airlines use. (I tend to fly them because they give me access to the internal routings I need at generally a cheaper price).
But what am I to make of the announcement that there may be a fault in the engines supplied by Rolls Royce. It seems that there can be a build up of ice and that could use an engine cut-out as happened on a British Airways and a Delta flight in the last year. Both planes landed, in the case of the BA flight the pilot’s actions saved a tragedy and in the case of the Delta flight, the pilot “followed procedures” and there was no problem. How do I know which engines are on my aircraft unless I take a techie guide to every 777 with me because Rolly Royce engines aren’t on every 777.?
But the way that the report of the National Transportation Safety Board (a USA body) was reported by the media was along the lines of “There’s likely to be crash in a 777over the next 12 months but don’t panic” (A good example of the risk the the papers say exists is the Peter Brookes cartoon in The Times yesterday www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/cartoon/)
Only in the blogs did you get a little bit of sanity where it was pointed out that all pilots test the water fuel content for water (which seems to be where the issue is) and there are procedures if a problem occurs. That happened in the Delta case.
The fact that the 777 has been flying for 14 years with few accidents and only one that was fatality, (a ground worker at Denver Airport in the US)indicates a pretty safe aircraft. But not the way the media tells it and now there are panicy people who say they will never fly on it. If this technical problem was life threatening, the safety authorities would ground all planes. They do it often enough as a precaution so that tells me any flights I make on a 777 should be, all things being considered, reasonably safe.
And should I ask or expect 100% safety? No it doesn’t exist.

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