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Boeing examines 787s for fuselage flaw

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Manufacturer tells ANA that Dreamliners are still safe to fly

 

Another aircraft manufacturing flaw has come to light, this time in the fuselage of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. Around 55 jets could be affected, the company said, although Boeing added that the world’s first carbon-plastic passenger plane is still safe to fly. Signs of “delamination” on a support structure in the rear fuselage were first discovered earlier this month – a process that has been blamed on incorrect “shimming” – filling tiny gaps when planes are built. Boeing now says it is examining a backlog of fully assembled 787s over the next 10 to 14 days to see if they demonstrate similar signs of stress.

So far, five of the aircraft have been delivered to Japan’s All Nippon Airways, which launched the first of these on scheduled passenger service on December 1. Boeing has told ANA that shimming presents no safety issues.

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[pictured: 787 weight on wheels achieved; courtesy Boeing]

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