Boeing 787 safety checks review

Aviation regulators in America have ordered urgent safety checks on Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner. It follows concerns that some fuel line connectors have not been properly installed. The plane is due to start flying from Heathrow next week.

Live updates

Advertisement

Boeing 787 makes emergency landing in New Orleans

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner made an emergency landing in New Orleans on Tuesday because of a mechanical problem.

The brand new United Airlines jet carrying 184 people onboard was flying from Houston to Newark, New Jersey, when it was forced to divert and land.

Two airlines experienced Boeing 787 fuel leaks

The Boeing Dreamliner safety checks were ordered after two non-US carriers experienced fuel leaks.

Japan's All Nippon Airways said it had reported a fuel leak to the FAA and Boeing on Sunday.

ANA spokesman Yoichi Uchida said the carrier found the fuel leak on October 23.

He said the airline completed inspections of all 16 ANA Dreamliners on Sunday, and that the work did not interrupt scheduling.

US aviation regulators order Boeing 787 safety checks

The US Federal Aviation Administration has ordered safety checks on all Boeing's 787 Dreamliners currently in service to confirm that fuel line connectors have been properly installed, Boeing has said.

The inspection will affect its fleet of 33 jets.

Safety checks have been ordered on Boeing's 787 Dreamliners Credit: REUTERS/Edgar Su

It follows concerns that some connectors have not been properly installed.

The plane is due to start flying from Heathrow next week.

The FAA requirement, due to be issued today, "makes mandatory inspections already recommended by Boeing," the company said.

Back to top