Dreamliners Face More Difficulties
Boeing’s 787 troubled Dreamliner aircraft, already notorious among headline writers, are once again experiencing operational issues.
Qatar Airways said that it grounded one of its Dreamliners on Sunday due to minor technical issues. Reportedly, there was a problem with an electrical panel. The aircraft was still out of service on Friday.
A Dreamliner in operation by Air India had a problem with an oven overheating during a flight on Wednesday, causing smoke but no fire. The plane did not make an emergency landing, however it was grounded upon arrival and the malfunctioning oven was removed.
On Friday, All Nippon Airways found damage to locator beacon battery wiring on two of its Dreamliners.
Earlier this month, a fire broke out on a parked Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner at London’s Heathrow Airport, forcing the airport to shut down its runways for several hours.
None of these incidents resulted in any casualties or injuries to passengers or crew.
Boeing’s Dreamliner was grounded for three months earlier this year due to problems with its battery overheating. The problem was addressed by Boeing and the FAA gave clearance for the aircraft to fly. It’s uncertain whether or not the disconcerting problems that have followed will affect other Dreamliners in the worldwide fleet.
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