A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by United Airlines takes off at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this week.(Photo: David McNew, Getty)
LONDON -- Another two incidents struck Boeing's 787 Dreamliner plane
on Friday when an All Nippon Airways aircraft suffered a crack to its
windscreen during a flight in Japan and an oil leak was found coming
from the engine of a separate plane after it landed at an airport in
southern Japan, according to a Reuters report.
As a result of the
problems with the aircraft this week, the Federal Aviation
Administration is announcing today a comprehensive review of the design
and manufacture of the Dreamliner planes.
Ray LaHood and Michael Huerta, head of the Federal Aviation
Administrator, are announcing the review at a 9:30 a.m. news conference.
is cooperating with the review and Ray Conner, president of the
company's commercial airplanes division, will attend the news
In the first of the two most recent incidents,
according to the Reuters report, ANA's cabin crew saw a "spider-web-like
crack" in the window area in front of the pilot's seat just over an
hour into a domestic flight. That plane landed safely at Matsuyama
airport in western Japan, but its return flight to Tokyo was cancelled,
the report said.
"Cracks appear a few times every year in other
planes. We don't see this as a sign of a fundamental problem" with
Boeing aircraft, a spokesman for the airline told Reuters.The New York Times, citing a spokeswoman for the Japan-based carrier, reported that there were no injuries to passengers or crew.
oil leak found in the second 787 Dreamliner was discovered after that
aircraft landed at Miyazaki airport, in the south of the nation.
also reported, citing unnamed sources, that U.S. transportation
officials will begin a review of the aircraft following other setbacks
this week related to a fuel leak, an electric fire and a glitch related
to a computer that controls the plan's brake system.
Bloomberg News reported, also citing unidentified sources because the
information has not yet been made public, that the Federal Aviation
Administration intends to announce a review later Friday into the 787
Dreamliner's power system.?
Boeing's Dreamliner is made of
lightweight carbon composites that Boeing says increases the aircraft's
fuel-efficiency, but the plane has been plagued by technical problems
since the 787 program was first launched in 2004.