Airbus to review integration of Honeywell emergency beacons

Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:56am EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus EAD.PA said on Monday it would carry out a review of the way Honeywell (HON.N: Quote) emergency locator beacons are integrated into its aircraft following a preliminary report on a fire on a parked Boeing jet this month.

The European planemaker stopped short of asking airlines to inspect the devices across its fleet as Boeing (BA.N: Quote) did late on Sunday, saying it had never had a problem with the units which are at the center of a probe into the Heathrow fire.

"Our records do not show any incidents of this nature," an Airbus spokesman said.

"However, as a precautionary measure, we will do an additional review of the integration of the device in order to determine whether there is a need to apply any lessons from the AAIB findings," the spokesman added, referring to Britain's air accident investigation authority.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Christian Plumb)

The new Airbus A350 takes off for its maiden flight at the Toulouse-Blagnac airport in southwestern France June 14, 2013. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles