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ANA and Japan Airlines ground all 24 787 aircraft

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has suffered multiple problems across the aircraft fleet this month. Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner got another ding on its record yesterday when an All Nippon Airways (ANA) aircraft had to make an emergency landing.
 
What is known about the emergency landing is that the cockpit display showed that the aircraft was having battery problems. Presumably, after the battery fire in Boston, pilots were taking no chances and landed the aircraft as soon as possible.
 
The batteries in these aircraft are especially important because the 787 Dreamliner fleet uses electrical systems rather than hydraulic systems found on most passenger aircraft.


All Nippon Airways 787 after emergency landing. [Image Source: Kyodo News]

After these issues, all 24 of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft operated in Japan by ANA and Japan Airlines have been grounded for safety checks. ANA owns 17 of the 24 aircraft with Japan Airlines owning the remainder. These 24 aircraft are nearly half of the 50 787 Dreamliners that have been delivered and flown commercially around the world.

In response to the issues with the aircraft, the FAA has launched a comprehensive safety review of 787 Dreamliner’s critical systems. This review will include an evaluation of how Boeing designs, manufacturers, and assembles the aircraft. Boeing has pledged to fully participate in review stating that it believes the process would bolster public confidence in the aircraft. 

Source: LA Times



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Parts source?
By TechIsGr8 on 1/16/2013 12:56:06 PM , Rating: 2
It's well known that we can't build a fighter jet without parts from China. I'd love to know if any of Boeing's subcontractors are sourcing electronic parts from China. This could explain the myriad electronics failures...




RE: Parts source?
By heffeque on 1/16/2013 2:06:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, it's all China's fault. Boeing has nothing to do with this.


RE: Parts source?
By ShaolinSoccer on 1/16/2013 2:24:50 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if all these planes were put together at the Washington plant? I don't recall any planes made at Charleston SC being sold to Japan.


RE: Parts source?
By maugrimtr on 1/17/2013 10:11:29 AM , Rating: 2
Electronics can fail even when not made in China. More likely, that line of thinking would require Boeing to have selected a second or third rate supplier to save on costs.


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