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Saturday , January 25 , 2014
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Dreamliner worries persist

Rough ride

New Delhi, Jan. 24: Civil aviation regulator DGCA will investigate the recent technical snag in Air India’s Dreamliner aircraft during a London-New Delhi flight.

The aircraft’s transponder failed during the flight on Sunday, forcing it to return to London, Air India spokesperson G.P. Rao said, adding there are no immediate safety concerns.

“We are told about each and every glitch faced by the B-787s and we ensure that every issue is dealt with. We will be investigating this matter as well,” said a senior DGCA official.

The Dreamliner has faced several problems since its launch. The national carrier has been in regular touch with the US-based aircraft manufacturer because of the frequent technical snags.

The directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) also plans to study the investigation being conducted by Japan Airlines, Japanese aviation regulators and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) into an incident of smoke emitting out of a stationary B-787 at Narita International Airport, Tokyo, on January 14.

“Actually, two incidents have happened — one involving a fuel leak on a Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA B787 in a flight from Bangkok to Oslo and the other at the Narita Airport. We want to go through the investigation reports as they will give us an insight into the problems faced by the aircraft so that we can take preventive steps if needed and ask Boeing to do diagnostic checks of our fleet,” said the official.

White smoke was coming out from the bottom of the fuselage of a stationary Dreamliner, owned by Japan Airlines, at Narita when the maintenance staff was inside the plane.

According to reports, the problem was with the newly installed batteries. The Japanese authorities, Boeing and FAA are examining the cause.

In January last year, Dreamliners were grounded world over after a series of incidents involving a battery in the aircraft.

Air India was allowed to restart Dreamliner services in May. The national carrier suffered operational losses of about Rs 300 crore, which it has asked Boeing to compensate.