Boeing Dreamliner hit by 2 more mishaps in Japan
All Nippon Airways said a domestic flight from Tokyo landed safely at Matsuyama airport in western Japan after a crack developed on the cockpit windscreen, and the plane’s return to Tokyo was cancelled.
The same airline later said oil was found leaking from an engine of a 787 Dreamliner after the plane landed at Miyazaki airport in southern Japan. An airline spokeswoman said that return flight to Tokyo’s Haneda airport was also cancelled while the leak was investigated. No one was injured in either incident.
The Dreamliner, the world’s first carbon-composite airliner, which has a list price of $207 million, has been beset by problems this week.
US transportation officials will hold a press conference in Washington at 0930 EDT (1430 GMT) to discuss issues related to recent electrical problems on the new plane, one person familiar with the matter said. Bloomberg News said the US Federal Aviation Administration would announce a review into the jet’s power system at that news conference. US regulators have raised questions about the plane’s reliability on long transocean routes, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The 787 Dreamliner made its first commercial flight in late-2011, after a series of production delays put deliveries more than three years behind schedule. By the end of last year, Boeing had sold 848 Dreamliners, and delivered 49.
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