FAA Grounds Dreamliner Amidst Safety Concerns
Amidst a flurry of incidents involving the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the FAA announced yesterday that all Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be grounded until they undergo additional safety inceptions.
In yesterday’s press release, the FAA stated:
“Before further flight, operators of U.S.-registered, Boeing 787 aircraft must demonstrate to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that the batteries are safe.
The FAA will work with the manufacturer and carriers to develop a corrective action plan to allow the U.S. 787 fleet to resume operations as quickly and safely as possible.”
Timeline of incidents involving the Dreamliner:
December 4, 2012: United-Continental flight diverted to New Orleans due to mechanical issues
December 9, 2012: Qatar Airways delivery flight experiences issues with power panel and is grounded for maintenance
January 7, 2013: JAL Dreamliner experiences electrical fire aboard plane parking in Boston Logan Airport
January 8, 2013: Another JAL flight has a leak at Boston Logan Airport
January 9, 2013: ANA cancels flight due to brake problems
January 11, 2013: ANA cancels flight after a crack is found in a window
January 15, 2013: ANA makes emergency landing in Japan due to a battery alarm and smoke detection