8 Grounded Boeing 787s Were Built Last Year; More Jets May Need Reworking...
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September 7, 2020 - by Dominic Gates for www.theseattletimes.com
The eight in-service 787 Dreamliner jets that Boeing grounded last month for inspection and repair due to manufacturing quality flaws at its South Carolina plant were from a batch that came off the production line more than a year ago.
These eight planes — delivered to airlines including United, Air Canada and Singapore Airlines — were each found to have two separate quality defects at the same place in the aft fuselage.
Boeing engineers determined that while either one of the flaws alone was not a safety of flight issue, planes with both flaws could have compromised structural integrity and had to be grounded.
Jets with just one of the flaws may nevertheless need substantial repair work during future maintenance checks to fully comply with regulatory specifications.
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