January 14, 2013
Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner is the pride of the company’s passenger jet fleet, but a series of incidents in the last few months have raised questions about its safety and image. Following is a list of the events:
July - A General Electric Co (GE.N) engine on a 787 in North Charleston, South Carolina, breaks during a preflight test. The National Transportation Safety Board rules it a “contained” failure, meaning the broken pieces did not exit through the engine wall. GE orders inspections of the engines. The Federal Aviation Administration stops short of grounding planes for inspections.
December 4 - A United Airlines (UAL.N) 787 with 184 people aboard is forced to make an emergency landing in New Orleans after experiencing electrical problems.
December 5 - U.S. regulators say there is a manufacturing fault in 787 fuel lines and advises operators to make extra inspections to guard against engine failures.