Problems Continue For Boeing 787 Dreamliner: Tokyo-Bound Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Seattle

 @AndrewBerry1
on June 18 2013 10:21 PM
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, the passenger jet that was grounded around the world after flaws in its battery compartment were found to pose a fire risk, is back in the skies. Reuters

A United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) Boeing (NYSE:BA) 787 Dreamliner was forced to make an emergency landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday, due to problems with an oil filter aboard the plane.

According to AirlineReporter.com, the jet, bound from Denver to Tokyo, was inspected by a fire crew after landing in Seattle. Repairs are currently under way on board the aircraft.

The Denver Post reports that the flight took off from Denver International Airport at 1:19 p.m., diverting at 4:25 p.m. Mountain Time and landing in Seattle at 5:10 p.m.

"United Flight 139 from Denver to Tokyo-Narita diverted to Seattle due to an indication of a problem with an oil filter," United said in an emailed statement. "The aircraft landed normally and without incident and we are working to reaccommodate customers."

The incident is the latest to befall the 787 Dreamliner, which was introduced by Boeing in 2011. This January, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered all U.S.-based airlines to ground their Boeing 787 Dreamliners after lithium-ion batteries overheated on two of the 50 jets in service. On May 20, the Dreamliner returned to the skies, according to Reuters.

As previously announced, the embattled company created a stir earlier Tuesday at the 2013 Paris Air Show by officially announcing a new aircraft called the 787-10. According to the Los Angeles Times, the plane will fly up to 8,055 miles and seat 300 to 330 passengers.

"Our ongoing investment in the 787 family is well-founded," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner. "With the 787-10, we've designed an exceptional airplane supported by an efficient and integrated production system that can meet increasing demands and create new opportunities for us.”

As all eyes are trained on Boeing and their continuing saga with the 787 Dreamliner, time will tell if they can weather the latest storm.

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