Boeing 787: Recent Technical Incidents
(Source: compiled by defense-aerospace.com; published July 15, 2013)
PARIS --- Since the Boeing 787 fleet returned to flight after the Federal Aviation Administration cleared Boeing’s “fix” for the lithium-ion battery’s tendency to catch fire, several incidents have been reported.

Below is a selection of the most significant.


Technical issue forces Boeing 787 to turn back to UK airport
Published: Friday, July 12, 2013
LONDON – Thomson Airways says one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes travelling from England to the U.S. had to turn back after experiencing a technical issue.
The incident is the second to involve one of Boeing Co.’s troubled planes on Friday. Earlier, Heathrow Airport temporarily shut down its runways due to a fire on an empty 787.


Fires in Boeing Dreamliner electrical compartment raise safety concerns
Published July 10, 2013
WASHINGTON — While Boeing maintains that a fire in an electronics compartment of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner last week and another fire on a test flight in 2010 are not related, the plane’s fire-suppression system does not protect the site where both fires occurred.
The incidents have some aviation experts questioning assurances by company officials, the Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood that the plane is safe.


United Dreamliner London-Houston flight canceled
Published July 10, 2013
HOUSTON — A United Airlines Boeing 787 flight from London to Houston has been canceled because of apparent trouble with an indicator device.
United spokeswoman Mary Clark says Flight 125 on Tuesday from Heathrow Airport to George Bush Intercontinental Airport was canceled due to problems with a message indicator. Further details weren't immediately released.


Polish Airline Has More Problems With 787s
Published: July 4, 2013
WARSAW, Poland -- Polish airline LOT has cancelled one trans-Atlantic flight and postponed another after technical problems on two of its Boeing 787 planes, the carrier's spokeswoman said Thursday.
Barbara Pijanowska-Kuras confirmed that a flight to Chicago was cancelled on Wednesday because of problems with the power system, while another to Toronto was postponed due to issues associated with the plane's tracking system.
She said the problems were minor and not linked to the battery problems behind the global grounding of the 787 fleet earlier this year.


Another malfunctioning Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight grounded - the fourth in just 10 days
Published: June 27, 2013
More than 100 passengers were left stranded after a malfunctioning 787 Dreamliner was grounded in Tokyo, Japan, today - the fourth such incident for the trouble-plagued aircraft in 10 days.
The All Nippon Airways 787 Dreamliner was delayed after a cockpit message said the plane might not be able to supply power for its air-conditioning system.


Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes emergency landing
Published June 24, 2013
LONDON -- Technical problems forced a Boeing 787 Dreamliner flown by United Airlines to make an emergency landing on Sunday. "United flight 94 from Houston to Denver returned to Houston Sunday due to a brake indicator issue," the airline said in a statement quoted in media reports. (….)
It's the second unscheduled landing for an United Airlines Dreamliner in a week, after a flight from Denver to Tokyo had to land in Seattle due to an oil filter problem.
Earlier in June, a glitch in the anti-icing system forced a Japan Airlines Dreamliner to turn back to Tokyo. The entire 787 fleet was grounded in January for four months by regulators investigating battery problems after a fire on a Dreamliner.


Boeing Dreamliner faces image, safety concerns
Pubished: June 21, 2013
Minor problems recently with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner are more a marketing than a safety concern for the company, according to specialists in both fields.
At least four flights in the last two weeks had problems that prevented the innovative new planes from reaching their destinations. The glitches followed the three-month grounding of the worldwide fleet of 50 planes because of smoldering lithium-ion batteries.
But safety experts said problems since the plane returned to service in April sounded like minor maintenance concerns to iron out rather than serious problems.


FAA, Boeing tell Congress that Dreamliner is safe
Published: June 12, 2013
WASHINGTON – Battery problems that grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliner for three months proved that government oversight works because nobody was hurt in the incidents and the planes didn't crash, federal and Boeing officials told a House panel Wednesday.
Peggy Gilligan, the Federal Aviation Administration's associate administrator for aviation safety, told the transportation subcommittee on aviation that safeguards that Boeing develops and FAA approves protect planes and passengers even if one part like a battery fails.
"We believe that this is a demonstration of a system really working well," Gilligan said. "The reality is these are complicated pieces of equipment and things will go wrong, but we need to make sure the plane can land safely and that's what we did."
The FAA and other regulators grounded the worldwide fleet of 50 planes in January after two planes suffered problems with lithium-ion batteries. But the planes are flying again after FAA approved Boeing's remedy to add insulation and covering to the batteries.


Problem reportedly found in Japan Airlines Boeing 787 jet
Published June 2, 2013
TOKYO – A Japanese broadcaster is reporting that a sensor problem was found in one of the exchanged batteries for a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 jet. (…) NHK TV says the problem emerged Sunday in a sensor that detects overheating in the modified version of the lithium-ion batteries used in the aircraft. The batteries were encased to prevent overheating from spreading.

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