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Boeing Dreamliner Apparently Not a Dream

Today’s front-page story of USA Today (1/9/2013) focuses on the ongoing failures of the Boeing Dreamliner aircraft that was touted as the next generation aircraft.Several mishaps and problems have caused experts, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), to investigate the Boeing 787.  The latest two incidents came earlier this week when a fuel tank leaked Tuesday on a 787 Japan Airlines Dreamliner while on the ground at Boston’s Logan Airport.  On Monday, at Boston’s airport a battery exploded in another 787 that controls the airplane’s electrical systems when the engines aren’t running.  A fire filled the cabin with smoke just minutes after the passengers had disembarked while the plane was on the tarmac.The first 787 was delivered in late 2011.  During a test flight in November, 2010, the plane had to make an emergency landing after an in-flight electrical fire which further delayed its debut.USA Today reports in its story of two other incidents in December, 2012, including a United Airlines flight from Houston to Newark that had to make an emergency landing in New Orleans when a power generator failed.  The FAA has ordered inspections of the 787 fleet’s fuel lines.Over the past 25 years, Clifford Law Offices has been a leading plaintiffs’ lawyer against the Chicago-based Boeing on behalf of families who have suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one in Boeing tragedies. 

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