Latest Dreamliner Hiccup: Toilets Won't Flush
2 Japan Airlines flights turned around
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 10, 2013 5:02 AM CDT
In this May 20, 2013 file photo, a United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off from Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.   (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, James Nielsen, File)

(Newser) Yet another set of problems has emerged for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, forcing two Japan Airlines flights to turn around just days after the airline announced a switch to Airbus. On a flight from San Diego to Tokyo, one of two anti-ice systems stopped working, the BBC reports, sending the plane back within hours, NBC 7 notes. And on a flight from Moscow, the toilets wouldn't flush "and the device to heat meals also had a problem," a JAL spokesman tells AFP.

He said the problem was electrical, though unrelated to the plane's much-maligned batteries. The second plane returned five hours after takeoff, the Guardian reports. In further bad news, Norwegian Air Shuttle is set to ground a second Dreamliner as a precaution; the budget airline's first 787 had a series of electrical and hydraulic problems, Reuters reports. The jet has "got to improve: it can't keep doing what it has been doing and it has been very frustrating," says a leading Boeing customer, who rents the planes to Norwegian Air Shuttle.

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Oct 11, 2013 9:29 AM CDT
If you loose the IFF box, you still have the radio. If you loose the radio transmission but you still can receive you have the wings and body to say YES or NO. The Polish pilots assigned to that aircraft must be close to DUD's. And I am not too proud of the actions of the Norway Air Controler. That Air Con. would rather see the plane crash than land on his turf !
Oct 11, 2013 7:08 AM CDT
The Boeing 787 is extensively tested in the factory. They dont send the plane out broken. Ever. However, daily operation of the aircraft is the airlines problem. They are sure finding it convenient to blame Boeing for their bad operation and maintenance of the planes lately. The customer airlines test everything on the plane when they come pick up the aircraft and fly them off to their new routes. Those customers wont accept the aircraft in a defective state. They check to see if the toilets flush, they check all the switches and circuit breakers, and the FAA does post 'incident' investigations of the factory for every one of these mishaps. What they dont publish very often is that the airlines own ground crews have failed to follow standard operation procedures and they break the plane every time.
Oct 11, 2013 5:46 AM CDT
The last reliable, safe, fully functional flight I took was in an Eastern Airlines DC-3. So much for "progress".