Boeing's Dreamliner Faces Probe After Fire, Brake Scare
NTSB gets nervous after Japan Airways incident
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 9, 2013 9:03 AM CST
A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet is surrounded by emergency vehicles while parked at a terminal E gate at Logan Airport in Boston as a fire chief looks into the cargo hold, Jan. 7, 2013.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

(Newser) – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is having a really nightmarish week. Air safety officials launched a formal probe into the long-delayed plane yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reports, after a series of safety scares. First, a fire broke out aboard an empty Japan Airlines 787 at Boston's Logan Airport on Monday. Then yesterday, another Japan Airlines jet in Boston had to return to the gate due to a fuel leak, and another airline found a flaw in the jet's wiring.

Things got even worse today, as All Nippon Airways grounded one of its 787s after discovering a glitch in the system controlling its brakes. The problems come as Boeing prepares to double its production of the jet. While most new aircraft have issues in their early months on the market, the National Transportation Safety Board is right to be worried, a former chairman says. "We're not talking about the seats not being comfortable. These are safety issues, which need to be addressed."

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TiredMemeCat
Jan 10, 2013 7:58 PM CST
Yes, let's put batteries less stable than Charlie Manson on a mostly plastic and aluminum plane destined for trans-oceanic service: WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
getoffmylawn
Jan 9, 2013 12:34 PM CST
Outsourcing all the components to the cheapest bidders and then assembling them according to the least expensive and most efficient method. What could go wrong? Another American icon damaged by greed and short-term thinking.
boxcar
Jan 9, 2013 12:02 PM CST
Engrg 101 has it that ANYthing mass-produced, be it vehicles, appliances or even people will follow a basic Law of Engrg- "The Bathtub Shaped Failure Rate Curve" Do a Google or Wikipedia search to understand that in the LIFE of ANYthing mass-produced there will be a SPIKE in failure rates at the beginning of its life, and that's the purpose of WARRENTIES, to cover this phenomenon, otherwise there'd be NO mass production As soon as the product gets thru the initial warranty period, its like a "shake out" cruise where any problems that surface are repaired under warranty, then begins a long life of few failures, just normal maintenance on wear items, and Boeing planes will get thru the shake out phase and go on to a long lifetime of service, but eventually will reach a WEAR-OUT phase where repairs mount up and eventually it expires (dies) In the case of jet planes, the culprit is the fact that Aluminum alloys used have NO fatigue limit, and have to be retired BEFORE fatigue cracks go critical. Bulk of support structure is STEEL which does have a fatigue limit (as long as stress loads remain below this ilmit the life is indefinite for cycling, but the Aluminum pressurized skins see fatigue cycles every time they land & take off Applied to healthcare and you find the SOLUTION to national health care is to FILL THE BATHTUB to pay for all the expenses we ALL encur under the BathTub. In short, the Bible (TimothyI ch.5) states it best, that the children and grandchildren will take care of the Aged Widow. Yet we are too stoopid to realize such wisdom