BY | January 10, 2013

(NVONews.Com): Boeing 787 Dreamliner brake problem and mishaps have hit Boeing shares in US, not Japan. Three incidents in the last three days––Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday––involving its new 787 Dreamliner have brought down the shares of Boeing––if not the plane itself––in the United States market. But Japanese continue to repose faith on it and the market ended on positive note on Wednesday in that country. Japan is the biggest customer of the new plane.

Curiously no loss of life was reported from any of the three accidents.

On Monday a fire broke out on an empty Japan Airlines 787 on the ground in Boston’s Logan International Airport. The fire was traced to batteries used to start the auxiliary power unit, which provides electricity while the plane is on the ground.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

The fire left the floor of the jet’s electronics bay blackened.

It occurred after the 183 passengers and crew on the Japan Airlines flight had disembarked from a 12-hour trans-Pacific flight from Tokyo.

Another Japan Airlines 787 encountered glitch in Boston on Tuesday. The flight was cancelled after a fuel leak was detected while it was about to take off.

The third incident took place early on Wednesday, when an All Nippon Airways 787 flight in Japan was cancelled after the crew discovered an error message related to the plane’s braking system.

The three incidents––all involving airlines of Japan––were enough to affect the shares of Boeing. It slipped 0.3% in pre-market trading in the United States on Wednesday. On previous day, that is Tuesday, it fell 2.7 per cent. On Monday it dropped two per cent.

But these were not the only malfunctioning detected in the last couple of years. Boeing’s long-delayed 787 Dreamliner made its first commercial flight in October 2011. Problems have been detected in several test flights in the past too.

Company sources said that so far 49 Dreamliners have been delivered. About 800 are still on order.

Some analysts are of the view that the incidents like the recent ones would have only a short-term impact on the stock as in the airline business such little things always happen. But others have a different view on the issue.

Boeing spokesman Doug Alder refused to make any comment after Tuesday incident. Regarding Monday’s fire, he said Boeing is working with Japan Airlines “to understand exactly what happened.”

About the third mishap on Wednesday the spokesman said no information was immediately available about the All Nippon Airways flight.

Fire caused a 787 test flight to lose primary electrical power in 2010. This happened while flying from Yuma in Arizona, to Laredo in Texas. The plane landed safely using backup systems and the 42 people aboard were evacuated using emergency slides.

Similarly a 787 engine failed during tests on the ground in South Carolina in July 2012. The same problem was discovered on another aircraft in September.

Again in December, a 787 operated by United Airlines was diverted safely to New Orleans after experiencing mechanical problems.

But experts like John Goglia, a former member of the National Transportation Safety Board, was quoted in CNN recently as saying: “It is common for new planes to have these kinds of problems.”


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