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Fuel line couplings at fault in Dreamliner fuel leaks

07-12-2012

Airlines flying Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner must inspect each aircraft’s fuel systems for potentially faulty couplings that could leak and lead to a fire. The problem first surfaced in October at All Nippon Airways, which reported a fuel line leak on one aircraft; no one was hurt in the incident. The FAA is now requiring inspections of the plane’s fuel couplings, which may have been installed incorrectly by Boeing. Other international aviation regulators are likely to follow suit. News of the problem came the same day this week that a United 787 flight from Houston to Newark made an emergency landing after an unrelated electrical problem. One of the plane’s six electrical generators failed partway into the flight, forcing it to divert. No one was hurt in that incident, either.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/06/uk-boeing-dreamliner-faa-idUSLNE8B403P20121206

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