The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has today announced a comprehensive review of the Boeing 787 critical systems, including the design, manufacture, and assembly.
The First of Many 787 Dreamliner Faults
The move is in response to two more incidents today affecting Boeing’s flagship 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The first fault on Friday occurred was spotted by the crew of a Japanese domestic flight between Tokyo and Matsuyama when they noticed a web-like crack on cockpit window. The return flight was cancelled and the window is being replaced. The second problem was an investigation into a potential generator oil leak spotted shortly after another Japanese flight landed.
The latest problems compound a bad week for Boeing and the 787 Dreamliner following the fire on Monday, a fuel leak on Tuesday and a brake fault on Wednesday.
The FAA Press Release
The release begins by saying “In light of a series of recent events, the FAA will conduct a comprehensive review of the Boeing 787 critical systems, including the design, manufacture, and assembly. The purpose of the review is to validate the work conducted during the certification process and further ensure that the aircraft meets the FAA’s high level of safety.”
Boeing also issued a statement stating that “Boeing [NYSE:BA] is confident in the design and performance of the 787. It is a safe and efficient airplane that brings tremendous value to our customers and an improved flying experience to their passengers.” The full text from Boeing is here: http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=2558
Currently, there are 50 Boeing 787 aircraft in service with 6 of these operated by United Airlines. Another 800 are on order from carriers across the globe.