Aviation: Putting Fuel Near the Fire

Putting Fuel Near the Fire

Despite recent structural mishaps with McDonnell Douglas' problem-plagued DC- 10 jumbo jet, the aircraft manufacturer plans to add an additional fuel tank beneath the rear engine of an updated version of the plane called the MD- 11. Some startled pilots at Delta Air Lines -- which is buying the new plane -- are outraged that the designers would place 2,000 gal. of combustible fuel right under the same engine that disintegrated last month on a United Airlines DC-10. If the controversial fuel bladder had been on the ill-fated United plane when the engine disintegrated, the pilots say, the jet would have...

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