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FAA opening formal probe into Boeing Dreamliner electrical issues

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Jan. 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
January 10, 2013 5:46 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration, which certifies the airworthiness of commercial airliners, has opened a formal probe into electrical issues with Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner, aviation sources said today.

The Dreamliner has encountered a series of electrical issues recently including a fire in an electrical bay after a Japan Air Lines Dreamliner Monday had landed and discharged its passengers in Boston.

No one was injured in the incident.

The Dreamliner has also suffered electrical glitches with a generator on a United flight to New York, and a Qatar Airlines 787 was grounded in London with electrical malfunctions.

The Dreamliner uses electrical motors and controls far more than previous jetliners which used engine bleed air to power those systems.

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