FAA grounds all Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes over safety issues, United Airlines flights affected

By on Jan 17, 2013 in Lifestyle, Travel, United States Comments

Updated: January 21, 2013 3:05 p.m.

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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has grounded all Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes, after a series of mishaps involving the commercial plane, including a Boeing 787 plane that made an emergency landing in Japan yesterday, Wednesday, January 16, 2013, which was operated by All Nippon Airways (ANA).

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Image Credit: Boeing.com

According to a press release at FAA.gov on Wednesday night, the agency has required all US-registered Boeing 787 Dreamliners operators to stop their operations temporarily, and will issue an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) to address the issue of a potential battery fire risk on the said airplanes.

In addition, FAA will be working with Boeing and its carriers to develop a corrective action plan so that the operation of the 787 Dreamliner planes in US flights will be resumed as soon as possible, without risking the lives of the passengers and crew. So far, only United Airlines flights are affected in this issue, with six airplanes now in service.

Apparently, an almost similar battery-related problem happened in Boston on Monday, January 7, and also involved a Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane. The root cause of the last two incidents is still under thorough investigation, but FAA emphasized that this could lead to fire if it will not be solved properly.

Last Friday, January 12, FAA announced a comprehensive review of the design, manufacture, and assembly of the 787 Dreamliners, adding that it will also review the plane batteries and its system. The agency is also advising international aviation communities, which include India, Poland, Qatar, and Chile, to conduct their own actions.

“The safety of passengers and crew members who fly aboard Boeing airplanes is our highest priority. Boeing is committed to supporting the FAA and finding answers as quickly as possible.” Jim McNerney, Boeing Chairman, President and CEO, was quoted at Boeing.Mediaroom.com also on Wednesday night.

“The company is working around the clock with its customers and the various regulatory and investigative authorities. We will make available the entire resources of The Boeing Company to assist. We are confident the 787 is safe and we stand behind its overall integrity.” McNerney added.

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