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Wing crack threat and new emergency landing bug 787

March 11, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A Japan Airlines-operated B787 Dreamliner with 160 passengers aboard made an emergency landing at Honolulu Airport after oil pressure in the right engine dropped, the Japanese carrier said.

The aircraft was flying to San Francisco from Tokyo when it diverted to Honolulu, the New York Times reported. It landed safely.

Investigators in Japan are already looking into an incident in January, when a battery overheated on a JAL Dreamliner parked at TAT-banner250X250pxTokyo’s Narita International Airport.

Another Dreamliner emitted smoke at Boston’s Logan Airport in January last year – as its battery melted.

Meanwhile, Boeing is checking Dreamliners being produced in the US for potential hairline cracks in the wings.

The plane maker acted after Japanese supplier Mitsubishi Heavy Industries warned Boeing that a change in its manufacturing process might cause cracks, the BBC reported.

Boeing said the issue might affect nearly 40 planes and there could be “some delays in deliveries”. There have been plenty of delays in Dreamliner production and delivery already.

Reassuringly, Boeing said it was confident that hairline wing cracks did not exist in any Dreamliners already in service.

Despite a series of problems, Boeing has received orders for more than 1000 Dreamliners and is forecasting sales of 3300 planes by the year 2030.

Written by : Peter Needham

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