Boeing's Dreamliner: A Bit of A Bumpy Ride

5:19 PM, Dec 6, 2012   |    comments
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(CBS)   Boeing's Dreamliner which has a plant in North Charleston, is often called "the airplane of the future." 

So far, the ride has been a bit bumpy.

United Airlines became the first U.S. carrier to add the Boeing Dreamliner 787 to its fleet last month.

The Dreamliner was designed to be a revolutionary plane.  This week, however,  there have been a pair of setbacks as one plane was forced to make an emergency landing in New Orleans and the Federal Aviation Administration issued an order that all 787's be inspected for fuel leaks.

"Every single brand-new aircraft that has ever been designed and been manufactured and delivered will have some problems in it's initial production, "  said Mark Rosenker, aviation and transportation safety analyst. 

United says the emergency landing in New Orleans Tuesday was caused by the failure of one of six generators and the 787 never lost power. 

The generator has been replaced and additional tests are being carried out before the plane is returned to service.



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