Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Sixth Dreamliner problem forces grounding in Japan


Sixth Dreamliner problem forces grounding in Japan

The decision was talen after one was forced to make an emergency landing over night because of battery problems.
All Nippon Airways grounded its fleet of 17 Dreamliners after a flight from Yamaguchi Ube in western Japan was forced to land shortly after takeoff.
The ANA flight landed at Takamatsu airport at 8:47am local time on Wednesday after the pilot saw an error message and smoke was seen in the cockpit.
Japan Airlines then followed suit, saying it would take its fleet of seven 787s out of service from today (January 16) until further notice.
Dreamliners have suffered a total of six issues, including fuel leaks, a cracked cockpit window, brake problems and an electrical fire, in recent weeks.
ANA said that the 129 passengers and 8 crew were evacuated, with a number of people sustaining minor injuries.
Five people were injured, according to Reuters, while Bloomberg said that one person was sent to hospital.
A Boeing spokesman told the BBC that the company was "aware of the diversion of a 787 operated by ANA to Takamatsu in western Japan".
He added that Boeing "will be working with our customer and the appropriate regulatory agencies".
Boeing was already facing a probe by Japanese and US authorities over its Dreamliner issues.
The US Federal Aviation Administration last week started a broad review of the design, manufacturing and assembly of the Dreamliner.
India's aviation regulator said it would review the Dreamliner's safety and talk to parts makers following the ANA incident.
United Airlines is the only US carrier currently flying Dreamliners, and the carrier said it was not taking any immediate action.
Thomson Airways is due to start flying the 787 this year followed by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.