FAA Grounds Boeing 787 Dreamliner

FAA Grounds Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Following a series of safety incidents involving the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the FAA has grounded the aircraft, saying that urgent action was needed.

A fire broke out aboard a Japan Airlines 787 earlier this month at Boston’s Logan International; no one was injured in the fire. In a separate incident, another 787 suffered a fuel leak while taxiing to the runway. Several more Japan Airlines Dreamliners were pulled from service when maintenance problems—ranging from faulty breaks to a cracked cockpit window—were discovered.  All Nippon Airways, United Airlines, and Air India also reported problems with their Dreamliners.

The aircraft entered commercial service in October 2011, following multiple delays in production.

All airlines that are operating the Dreamliner have temporarily taken the aircraft out of service, and the FAA, Japan Transport Ministry, and European Aviation Safety Agency have made the groundings official. Last week, the FAA ordered a review of the 787’s design, assembly, and manufacture to “validate… the certification process and further ensure that the aircraft meets the FAA’s high level of safety.”

Boeing issued a statement saying it is “confident the 787 is safe,” but that it is working with the FAA to investigate the recent safety issues.

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