Two Problems for Boeing’s Dreamliner

by Nate Wooley | December 5, 2012 11:00 am

Boeing[1]Boeing‘s (NYSE:BA[2]) newest plane, the 787 Dreamliner, is facing some potential problems.

With one of the new planes being forced to make an emergency landing and federal regulators ordering safety inspections, Boeing isn’t having its best day, reports Reuters[3]. Already a source of concern based on long delays in production and delivery, the Dreamliner — and Boeing —  doesn’t need another black mark on its record.

A 787 made an emergency landing in New Orleans on Tuesday when the pilot reported a unspecified mechanical issue. The flight, traveling from Houston to Newark, had 184 people on board. No injuries were reported.

In a separate action, the Federal Aviation Administration has ordered the entire fleet of Dreamliners — 33 so far worldwide — to be inspected for possible fuel line installation problems. The order was made following the detection of fuel leaks in two Dreamliners flying outside the U.S. for foreign carriers.

The FAA order makes a requirement of a recommendation Boeing had already issued to carriers last month.

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