Friday, 28 August 2020

Manufacturing issues at Boeing results in a number of 787s being removed from service

Two distinct manufacturing issues have caused U.S. planemaker Boeing to order 8 787 aircraft be removed from service, in another tarnishing blow to the firms already battered reputation.

According to reports, there were two structural issues surrounding the join in the rear fuselage body,   "which, in combination, result in a condition that does not meet our design standards" the company stated. 

The Air Current reported that manufacturing issues were structural and connected with the aircraft's inability to withstand the maximum amount of stress loads a 787 was expected to experience during normal service, which could lead to a potential failure. 

Boeing said; "As part of our assessment, we determined that eight aeroplanes in the delivered fleet are affected by both issues and therefore must be inspected and repaired prior to continued operation."  The firm refused to identify wither the specific aircraft or airlines involved in the urgent removal.   "We immediately contacted the airlines that operate the eight affected aeroplanes to notify them of the situation, and the aeroplanes have been temporarily removed from service until they can be repaired." Boeing advised. 

A review is said to be underway and the US regulators have been informed and whilst only eight aircraft have been removed from service, it is conceivable that other 787 airframes may be affected. 

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