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Dreamliner Panel Falls Off Mid-Flight

A large panel on the fuselage of a Boeing Dreamliner fell off of the aircraft in mid-flight, The Times of India is reporting. The plane – which had 148 passengers aboard at the time of the incident – was traveling from Dehli to Bangalore when the 8 by 4-foot panel…

A large panel on the fuselage of a Boeing Dreamliner fell off of the aircraft in mid-flight, The Times of India is reporting.

The plane – which had 148 passengers aboard at the time of the incident – was traveling from Dehli to Bangalore when the 8 by 4-foot panel fell off. Amazingly, no one was hurt … in fact no one even noticed the missing panel until the plane was being prepped for its return flight to Dehli.

A replacement panel was removed from another 787 and attached to the aircraft – which was then permitted to take off after a 10-hour delay.

“The panel has since been fixed and the aircraft is in operation again,” an Air India spokesman told the paper.

How reassuring, right?

Dreamliners were grounded globally back in January due to conflagration issues associated with the plane’s lithium ion batteries. Boeing never identified the problem with its next generation passenger plane, but 787s were nonetheless cleared for takeoff in April.

Several months later, however, one of them caught on fire at London’s Heathrow Airport – while smoke was reported emanating from another Dreamliner in Qatar.

Air India has had other problems with the plane, including overheating in the electrical systems of its ovens.

Even before the grounding, Boeing was facing immense pressure to turn a profit on the plane. Originally scheduled for delivery in May of 2008, numerous design, supply and delivery problems pushed Dreamliner’s deadline back more than three years – causing numerous cancellations.

Boeing makes 787s in Everett, Washington and in North Charleston, S.C. In fact South Carolina taxpayers have shelled out more than $1 billion in taxpayer subsidized incentives to “land” Boeing’s business. S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is the company’s biggest cheerleader, referring to 787s as “Mack Daddy Planes.”

According to Reuters India, a Boeing spokesman “declined to say whether the plane was made at Boeing’s South Carolina factory.”

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15 comments

guest October 16, 2013 at 9:57 am

Should Dehli be spelled as Delhi?

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guest October 16, 2013 at 9:57 am

Should Dehli be spelled as Delhi?

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shifty henry October 16, 2013 at 10:34 am

It’s the fault of that Chinese proofreader intern…..

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I'llBeYourHuckleberry October 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm

The panel or the or the spelling of Delly?

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shifty henry October 16, 2013 at 8:32 pm

—— the spelling!

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Frank Pytel October 16, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Deli

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The Colonel October 17, 2013 at 5:38 am

No, 7-11 and Economy Inn, no Delis

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Slartibartfast October 16, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Depends on the slice of the beef. Indians have been complaining for years.

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Halfvast Conspirator October 16, 2013 at 11:03 am

This makes no sense

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CNSYD October 16, 2013 at 4:52 pm

and the panel was? was it a removable panel for maintenance access? If so, who last removed and replaced it? What procedures did they follow? Who inspected the work? Sic Willie is so anxious to skewer Boeing (and Haley) that he does zero investigation.

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Slartibartfast October 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I warned you all about this. These things will continue to happen until the N. Charleston plant is unionized. This is union subversion. I have seen it many times.. but usually in New Jersey, associated with a few people of Sicilian ancestry.

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jimlewisowb October 16, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Are you telling me the Dreamliner will be an improved aircraft if they encase the wheels in concrete

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nitrat October 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm

plastic planes…not a good idea.

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John Boy October 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Are we making bombs or planes?

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The Colonel October 17, 2013 at 2:43 am

Give it a rest Will. Stuff falls off airplanes all the time, even large panels:

August – Couple sues Oxford Aviation, claim part of plane’s tail fell off plane during flight: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/08/31/news/lewiston-auburn/couple-sues-oxford-aviation-claim-part-of-planes-tail-fell-off-plane-during-flight/

March – Canopy and body fell from plane: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/30/body-fell-plane-found/2038495/

September – “Refrigerator Sized” Metal panel that apparently fell off airplane lands in neighbourhood south of Seattle: http://news.yahoo.com/metal-panel-apparently-fell-off-airplane-lands-neighbourhood-214634217.html

’08 – Engine fell off Mexican plane before crash, official says: http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/11/08/mexico.crash/index.html

The Dream Liner is new, maintenance people are still learning proper procedure – shit happens. Be glad it was an innocuous composite piece, a nuclear bomb accidently fell from another Boeing product, the B-47, over Mars Bluff, SC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Bluff%2C_South_Carolina

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