Thursday 19 October 2017

'Engine problem' for Boeing 787

An All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 is stranded on the tarmac since an engine would not start at Yamaguchi-Ube Airport in Ube, western Japan (AP)
An All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 is stranded on the tarmac since an engine would not start at Yamaguchi-Ube Airport in Ube, western Japan (AP)

A Japanese carrier's Dreamliner has developed engine trouble before take-off, a day after a rival airline had a problem on another 787 plane.

Neither problem was with the lithium-ion batteries that were overheating and resulted in the Boeing aircraft being grounded for four months. The 787s returned to commercial service last month with their batteries now encased to prevent overheating from spreading.

The All Nippon Airways flight was scheduled to go from Ube to Tokyo's Haneda airport but the right-side engine would not start, airline spokesman Yoichi Uchida said. He said its 141 passengers are taking other flights.

A Japan Airlines 787 returned to Haneda shortly after take-off because of a problem in its de-icing system.

The system is needed depending on the weather, and a malfunction can at times be dangerous, but the jet was not at risk and it returned safely, JAL spokesman Jian Yang said. The flight was en route to Singapore.

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