Probe started to examine key failures in Boeing 787
July 30, 2012– During a preflight of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, material was thrown out from the backside of an engine causing a grass fire in Charleston, South Carolina. The material came flying out of the back part during the preflight testing said a spokesperson from Boeing. The spokesperson said there was an ongoing inquiry taking place; therefore, no further comment could be made at the moment about the incident.
This was the second incident in the last week and a half involving engines from Rolls Royce and GE on the Boeing Dreamliners. All Nippon airways from Japan pulled five of its 787 Dreamliners with engines from Rolls Royce from active service on July 21. All Nippon said it pulled the craft when the manufacturer found some of the engine components had a shorter service life than was expected.
A company statement from Boeing said the company is unaware of an operational issue that would concern them about the safe operation of 787s that are powered by engines made by GE. Because of regulations concerning the ongoing investigation, the company spokesperson from Boeing said they could not disclose anything about the engine issue.
The North Charleston Boeing factory is one of two sites used to assemble the 787, along with a company plant in Everett, Washington. The Dreamliner is the first jet in the world with wings and a fuselage built mainly from composite materials.
Japan and All Nippon Airlines are the only two airlines currently using the aircraft, which went into commercial service near the end of 2011, after being delayed for over three years for different issues.