More defects found with Boeing; Airlines ground 787-10

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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World’s largest aerospace company, Boeing is again in limelight with its manufacturing defects as some airlines operating company’s 787 Dreamliners have removed eight jets from service after it identified two distinct manufacturing issues in the fuselage section.

The planemaker stated it was conducting a review to find the root cause and has notified the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

“We immediately contacted the airlines that operate the eight affected airplanes to notify them of the situation and the airplanes have been temporarily removed from service until they can be repaired,” Boeing spokesman Peter Pedraza answered.

The sudden news has affected the operations of United Airlines, Singapore Airlines and  Air Canada who have been using the aircraft as air travel began its gradual recovery from pandemic induced slowdown.

United Airlines said it has one of the Dreamliners and the jet is not in service, while Singapore Airlines said one of its Boeing 787-10 aircraft was affected by the technical issue.

“The aircraft is not in service and we will work closely with Boeing on a solution,” a Singapore Airlines spokesperson told media.

The event is an unwanted moment of bad press for the aviation giant who recently began regulatory test flights with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to bring back its 737 Max aircraft line into service.

Max was first introduced in 2017 only to be grounded in 2019 after a 2018 crash in Indonesia and a 2019 crash in Ethiopia. Investigators were critical to point out the role played by flight-control software in these crashes that pushed the noses of the planes down based on faulty sensor readings.