FAA Grounds Boeing's 787 Dreamliner in U.S.
January 16, 2013 11:23 PM
Air India said that regulators in India have grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliners, too
After a series of issues with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner over the last week (including today), Japan decided to gound the planes until further notice. Now, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that
all 787s will be grounded
in the U.S. as well.
The FAA made this decision today after a 787, which was an All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight to Tokyo, had an issue with its main battery only 15 minutes into a 90-minute flight. After 40 minutes, a burning smell made its way into the cabin and cockpit, and the plane made an emergency landing at Takamatsu Airport on the southern island of Shikoku. Thankfully, all passengers and staff evacuated safely.
"We are very sorry to have caused passengers and their family members so much concern," said ANA Senior Executive Vice President Osamu Shinobe.
Even later, Air India said that regulators in India have grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliners, too.
"Boeing deeply regrets the impact that
have had on the operating schedules of our customers and the inconvenience to them and their passengers," said Jim McNerney, Boeing chairman, president and CEO.
Unfortunately, this wasn't the only incident that Boeing's 787 Dreamliner experienced lately. Early last week,
operated by Japan Airlines
experienced an electrical fire
at Boston's Logan International Airport
after coming in from Tokyo. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, a battery in the auxiliary power unit suffered severe fire damage.
Just one day later, a Boeing 787 operated by the same airline at the same airport suffered a fuel leak. The fuel leak was discovered at 12:25 p.m. ET right after the 787 left the gate for a trip to Tokyo. The flight was cancelled, and the plane was towed back to the gate where passengers were instructed to exit and stay in the airport. No one was injured.
As it turns out, about 40 gallons of fuel had leaked from the 787. The plane ended up being delayed four hours before leaving for Tokyo.
On Friday of last week,
two more issues occurred
It was discovered that a 787 Dreamliner with All Nippon Airways (ANA), which had arrived at the Matsuyama airport in western Japan from Tokyo on Friday, developed a web-like crack in the cockpit window. The pilot found it about 70 minutes into the flight, but no one was injured. In a separate incident on Friday, but also with ANA, another 787 Dreamliner had an oil leak after traveling to the Miyazaki airport in southern Japan. It is unclear how much oil had leaked.
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