Boeing Dreamliners Grounded Across The World
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has ordered airlines to ground Boeing's 787 Dreamliners over safety fears after an emergency landing in Japan.
It follows a decision by the US Federal Aviation Administration and two Japanese airlines to ground all of their 787s after a sixth problem with the aircraft in less than two weeks.
The planes will be grounded until the risk of possible battery fires is addressed, a US official said.
The federal agency plans to work with Boeing on a plan to allow the Dreamliners to "resume operations as quickly and safely as possible".
GS Yuasa Corporation, the maker of the lithium ion batteries used in the 787s, said it was helping with the investigation but that the cause of the problem was unclear.
The EASA typically implements safety directives when they are issued by the country where the aircraft was originally designed - in this case the US.
Poland's state-controlled LOT Airlines said it would seek compensation from Boeing.
It expects delivery of three more Dreamliners by end-March, but would only take them if the technical issues have been resolved, deputy chief Tomasz Balcerzak told a news conference.
Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways have also decided to ground their Dreamliner aircraft.
Qatar Airways' CEO Akbar al Baker said: "In light of recent events surrounding the Boeing 787 Dreamliner worldwide, we are actively working with Boeing and the regulators to restore full customer confidence in the 787.
"Qatar Airways will resume 787 operations when we are clear that the aircraft meets the full requirements of the Airworthiness Directive and our standards which assure the safety of our passengers and crew at all times. So we are not flying the aircraft until and only such a time this is achieved."
Ethiopian Airlines said it had not encountered any problems and is hoping to return the planes to service as soon as possible.
United Airlines is the only American carrier to have 787s and has six of the aircraft in its fleet.
The decision comes just days after the FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transport Secretary Ray LaHood declared the plane safe.
All Nippon Airlines (ANA) announced it was grounding all 17 of its 787s after one was forced to make an emergency landing in west Japan on Wednesday.
Japan Air Lines Co Ltd (JAL) said it would also suspend all Dreamliner flights scheduled to leave Japan on Wednesday over safety concerns.
Public broadcaster NHK said the ANA aircraft landed in Takamatsu and all passengers on board were evacuated after smoke was seen in the cabin.
ANA spokeswoman Naoko Yamamoto said: "It made an emergency landing at Takamatsu because there was an error message during the flight.
"It is true that the aircraft has recently seen a series of troubles. But we cannot say if this has something in common with previous problems."
A statement later said a battery problem had forced the emergency landing.
TV footage showed emergency chutes deployed from the plane at the airport, on Japan's fourth largest island of Shikoku.
ANA said 129 passengers and eight crew were on board. Some of the passengers were reported to have suffered minor injuries as the plane was evacuated.
The aircraft was travelling to Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
On Friday, oil was discovered leaking from another ANA operated Dreamliner at Miyazaki airport in southern Japan.
On the same day, a cracked cockpit window was also discovered on another of its 787s.
Last Wednesday, a domestic flight was halted by ANA because brake parts to the rear left undercarriage needed replacing.
And a JAL jet was also grounded at Boston Logan International airport in the US following an engine fuel leak.
Another JAL 787 filled with smoke shortly after passengers and crew had disembarked last Monday.
Japanese authorities announced on Monday they would investigate the fuel leak.
Japan is the biggest market so far for the Dreamliner, with ANA and Japan Airlines Co flying 24 of the 50 Dreamliners delivered to date.
what do you think?
Bit early to say that...
Upset a couple of yanks have I? Oh dear, what a shame, never mind.
I'm not a yank. I'm also not a knee-jerker.
Never said you were a yank, got a problem?
I would normally put it down to teething problems, the A380 suffered similar misfortune when it was rolled out, however, not as many and not all at the same time. Airbus will be rubbing their hands over this.
lol europe has grounded the dreamliners to help airbus along lol
So cynical Hamish....... anyone would think they don't play by the rules!
it is stupid how a modern plane can go through so many tests and fail so soon with variety of faults the programme has been rushed to compete against airbus. stupid now with how the usa operates and from what airbus employees say if one airbus a1380 fails that is end of airbus. remember toyota recall 3 years ago they reckon that was done by usa govt to help prop up ford.
Good bit of quality control work there then!
Go on Airbus fill your boots Boeing stuck the knife into B.E.A over the problems British made Comet a new style and beautiful plane. R.A.F used them no problems. The yanks rubbished the British aircraft industry now it is pay back.
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Have to agree.
I watched Concorde take off from Lyon airport a few years ago. Everyone stood up and applauded ..!
You wouldve thought the US aircraft corporations wouldve learnt their mistakes with the DC10 many years ago. Profit over safety in the land of the free.
Am I the only one who thinks that technology is being taken just too far? It seems to me that the more the techies try to make things easier, the less things actually work. I have a mobile phone that does nothing I want it to and everything I don't want it to. Wireless printers that won't work unless cabled in, a new PC with windows (h)8 that completely baffles me when I try to do anything on it.... I could go on for hours. I would ilke these developers to take a 30 year holiday for my own sanity.