United 787 Dreamliner Diverts After Mechanical Problem
A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner bound for Tokyo was diverted to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, after its pilots were alerted to a problem with the airliner’s oil filter.
Flight 139 had departed Denver and was over Vancouver when it turned back towards Seattle and landed safely shortly thereafter. The 200 passengers on board are being accommodated in Seattle and will be bound for Tokyo on Wednesday.
United and Boeing have acknowledged and are investigating the incident, which appears to be unrelated to the aircraft’s battery and electrical systems that, until recently, had resulted in a worldwide grounding of the plane. This new mechanical issue comes on the heels of Boeing’s launch of the stretched 787-10 at the Paris Air Show, and competitor Airbus starting the certification process of its composite aircraft, the A350 XWB, which recently took its maiden flight in the south of France..
The high-tech 787 Dreamliner is Boeing’s newest commercial airliner and entered service in 2011, after several years of production delays. United is the operator of the Dreamliner based in the U.S.
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