Spate of headaches for troubled Dreamliner

January 9, 2013

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has had three problems in as many days, with the headaches “reviving concerns about the plane’s reliability and safety,” the New York Times reported Wednesday. 

A Dreamliner flight in southern Japan was canceled  Wednesday due to a computer issue, following a fuel leak  Tuesday and an electrical fire  Monday that occurred on planes at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

According to the Times:

The three events were the latest in a series of problems with the 787, which entered commercial service in November 2011 and has had technical and electrical malfunctions since then. Boeing delivered 46 of the planes last year, more than analysts had predicted, and has outlined ambitious plans to double its production rate to 10 planes a month by the end of this year.

Dreamliners began flying into Dulles International Airport last August. The craft also made a ceremonial landing last May at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport as part of the plane’s worldwide “Dream Tour,” several months after the 787′s inaugural commercial flight traveled from Tokyo to Hong Kong in October 2011. 

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the fire Monday, which happened when no passengers or crew were on the plane. The NTSB tweeted a photo  Tuesday showing an investigator inside that 787:

Boeing said Wednesday that it has “extreme confidence” in the Dreamliner, according to the Associated Press. The company’s stock improved Wednesday despite the Dreamliner issues, with the price of the company’s shares increasing after two days of declines. 

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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