Boeing’s $5bn order cancelled as Polish airline flight makes emergency landing

Published on : Saturday, September 27, 2014

emergency-landing-300x225A Warsaw bound Boeing 787 Polish Airline flight 4 carrying 260 passengers made an emergency landing in Glasgow due to system malfunctioning which triggered fire warning.

 

No one was hurt as the passengers disembarked from the aircraft normally.

 

The aircraft was grounded and it’s next planned operations from Warsaw to Chicago and back was cancelled.

It is not uncommon for Boeing Dreamliner planes to face some fault or the other with its aircraft. The plane has a huge history of unfortunate incidents.

 

The jet was grounded last year after lithium ion batteries had caught fire on several occasions.

The Polish Airlines incident happened a day after the Japan Transport Safety Board released its full report on the in-flight emergency aboard an All-Nippon Airways 787 on a domestic flight in Japan last year.

 

The jet, with 137 people on board, made an emergency landing after a battery failed and smoke was detected on board.

 

Investigators could not identify the cause for sure, but the report says the safety evaluation for the radical new lithium ion batteries was flawed. The risk of thermal runaway was estimated to be less than one out of 10 million flight hours. According to the report: “In reality three events of cell heat generation have occurred in less than 250,000 flight hours, resulting in the rate far exceeding the estimate.”

Germany’s leading low-cost carrier, Air Berlin, cancelled a $5bn order for 15 Boeing 787s soon after the Polish Airline incident.

The Air India crew which came to pick fresh aircraft from the Boeing 787 factory in Charleston, West Virginia, could not take home a fresh stock, as the plane failed in its pre-delivery test flight when an engine cracked.

However Boeing manufacturers in defense of their aircraft have said that The 787 is an outstanding airplane delivering value to its customers, but owing to the fact that they have spoken candidly in public about its challenging development process that the plane has been subjected to open criticism.

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