Air India, Japanese Air, EASA Grounds Boeing 787 Dreamliner Over Safety Concerns
Business News (Aviation) – The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has banned all Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights over safety concerns.
Earlier, Japanese, American, Indian and Chilean airlines grounded Dreamliners following a spate of mechanical issues.
US, Japan, others ground Boeing Dreamliner indefinitely
Europe, Japan and India on Thursday joined the United States in grounding Boeing Co’s 787, a day after a second incident involving battery failure caused one of the Dreamliner passenger jets to make an emergency landing.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Wednesday it would temporarily ground Boeing’s newest commercial airliner and insisted airlines would have to demonstrate the lithium ion batteries were safe before they could resume flying. It gave no details on when that might happen.
It is the first such action against a U.S.-made passenger plane since the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 was grounded in 1979 after a deadly crash in Chicago, analysts said.
Japanese Transport Ministry Vice Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama said the grounding was for an indefinite period, and India’s aviation regulator said it was unclear when the aircraft would be back in service. A spokesman for the European Aviation Safety Agency said the region would follow the U.S. grounding order. Poland’s LOT Airlines is the only European airline currently operating the 787.
Boeing said in a statement it was confident the 787 was safe and it stood by the plane’s integrity.
Air India grounds Boeing Dreamliners
Air India has grounded all its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft for safety concerns following an emergency landing of a Boeing 787 plane in western Japan earlier this week caused by a battery fire risk.
Air India has ordered a total of 27 Dreamliners.
The airliner`s spokesman K. Swaminathan said that India’s aviation authority directed the state airline to stop flying the Boeing planes Thursday morning as it waits for an investigation by Indian regulators to take place.
The 787, known as the Dreamliner, is Boeing’s newest jet, and the company is counting heavily on its success.
Since its launch after delays of more than three years, the plane has been plagued by a series of problems including a battery fire and fuel leaks.
Voice of Russia, RIA, AP, Reuters