FAA Grounds All Boeing 787s Over Safety Issues
On Wednesday, January 16th, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded all Boeing 787s operated by U.S. carriers until the aircrafts (also known as Dreamliners) are safe to fly, NBC News reports. United is the only U.S. carrier now operating 787s. The airline has six of these jets.
The FAA’s decision is the result of several fight profile incidents with the new aircraft throughout the week including fuel leaks, battery fire, a wiring problem, and a brake computer glitch.
The FAA issued an emergency directive to address a potential battery risk. The agency now requires Boeing to demonstrate that the batteries in the planes are safe. United Airlines has agreed to comply with the airworthiness directive.
Earlier that same Wednesday, Japan’s two leading airlines grounded their 787 fleets after one of the passenger jets made an emergency landing. Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) operate about half of the 50 new Dreamliners designed by Boeing.
India’s aviation regulator may also ground the Dreamliner jets. Air India has six Dreamliners in its fleet. Australian carrier Qantas ordered to keep its 15 Dreamliners to stay on track.
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