FAA grounds B787 Dreamliners
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an emergency airworthiness directive grounding all US-domiciled B787 Dreamliners following a series of battery-related incidents which included an emergency landing involving a Dreamliner operated by All Nippon Airways (ANA).
January 18, 2013
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) grounding all US-domiciled B787 Dreamliners following a series of battery incidents. The most recent involved an All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight which made an emergency landing.
A string of issues in recent weeks have raised questions about the B787, which is the first major aircraft grounding since 1979. Dreamliners have suffered incidents including fuel leaks, a cracked cockpit window, brake problems and an electrical fire. However, it is the battery problems that have caused the most concern.
This grounding follows an 11 January announcement that the regulatory agency and Boeing would conduct a joint design and production review of the aircraft. Boeing subsequently issued a statement expressing confidence that the B787 is safe and its intent to stand behind the aircraft’s overall integrity.