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Thursday, December 6, 2012

FAA Orders Inspection of Dreamliners for Fuel Leaks

FAA issued an airworthiness directive requiring Boeing to inspect all in-service 787 Dreamliners for fuel leaks, following reports of fuel leaks on two 787s operated by foreign airlines.

The AD was issued following FAA receiving reports of fuel leaks on two different in-service planes, and the discovery of several improperly assembled engine fuel feed manifold couplings on in-service and production Dreamliners, the agency said.

“The FAA is requiring that in-service 787s be inspected to confirm the correct installation of certain fuel line connectors, or coupling devices. This action makes mandatory inspections already recommended by Boeing,” Loretta Gunter, a spokeswoman for Boeing said in an e-mailed statement. "The inspections have already been completed on approximately half of the in-service fleet."

In August, the National Transportation Safety Board determined that an engine failure that occurred on a 787 during a pre-delivery taxi test in South Carolina was caused by a fractured mid-shaft on the engine fan. The latest AD issued by FAA was unrelated to that incident.

FAA’s mandatory inspection order is unrelated to the emergency landing of a United Airlines 787 in New Orleans Tuesday. United told The Associated Press that the emergency landing was warranted because of a failed generator, and the issue is currently being investigated by Boeing and United. The agency said the AD will impact three 787s on U.S. registry, all operated by United. More

 

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