New Boeing 787 Problem: Engine Icing
Planes should avoid potentially icy thunderstorms, says company
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 23, 2013 4:01 PM CST
An airport worker enters a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 aircraft as it sits on the tarmac at Logan International Airport in Boston, Friday, July 19, 2013.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(Newser) – Boeing is alerting airlines about possible engine icing problems on some of its new planes—including the troubled 787 Dreamliner and the 747-8 model. The company is recommending that planes with a specific General Electric engine avoid flying near thunderstorms that might contain ice crystals. Boeing says it issued the advisory after ice crystal formation in some instances diminished engine performance. Airlines with planes affected include United, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, and Air India. Boeing recommended that affected planes fly at least 50 nautical miles from such thunderstorms.

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HANKHILL
Nov 25, 2013 10:43 AM CST
made with pride in the usa!!!
Smitty6398
Nov 25, 2013 3:00 AM CST
Most of this is probably occurring during low-level flight (takeoff-landing) since these planes typically cruise at 30,000 ft., or higher, usually above the moisture-bearing clouds. At 15,000 or less, especially near major airports, maneuvering around thunderstorms may not be as easy as it sounds. The FAA, along with GE and Boeing, will probably issue a directive addressing the problem
Pragmatist5
Nov 24, 2013 1:06 PM CST
Newser should pick on Obamacare as much as its picked on Boeing. At least the 787 works. This is a GE engine problem not a Boeing design problem. The 787 is a model of brand new flying technology. Give Boeing a little break here. Since when do we fly into thunderstorms anyway!