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ALLISON PRESS STATE ENT ON V-22 CRASH INVESTIGATION FINDINGS

 ALLISON PRESS STATE ENT ON V-22 CRASH INVESTIGATION FINDINGS
 INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by Allison Gas Turbine Division:
 The Navy released a statement today which summarized the investigation findings associated with the crash of V-22 aircraft No. 4 on July 20, 1992.
 The statement clearly concludes that the Allison built engines which power the aircraft were not the primary cause of the accident. As reported, the accident sequence was initiated by the leakage of a combustible fluid from an external source into the right hand engine. Ingestion of this fluid caused significant internal damage to the engine resulting in a series of surges and subsequent engine shutdown. As indicated in the Navy's statement, a failure of the aircraft interconnect drive system subsequently occurred resulting in loss of drive to the propeller system.
 The above indicates no fundamental flaws in the tiltrotor concept or the V-22 design and we are confident that the required redesign will not adversely affect the schedule for the next phase of V-22 development and testing.
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 /CONTACT: Eric Dickerson of Allison Gas Turbine Division, 317-230-4021 or (fax) 317-230-3562/
 (GM) CO: Allison Gas Turbine Division ST: Indiana IN: AUT ARO SU:


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