FAA Calls BA's Engine-Out Trans-Atlantic Flight "Reckless"

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FAA officials said on Monday they plan to charge British Airways with "careless and reckless operation of an aircraft," because the airline flew a 747 from Los Angeles to London with one of its four engines shut down, the International Herald Tribune reported on Monday. A British Airways spokesman said the flight crew did nothing wrong. "The 747 is fully certificated to operate on three engines. There is no requirement to land," said Steve Shelterline. The 747 ran low on fuel as it crossed the Atlantic at a lower-than-usual altitude, declared an emergency and landed in Manchester.