Wife of FlyerTalk Member Stranded in San Francisco as Fleet of Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” Aircraft Still Plagued With Problems

This Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” Aircraft operated by Japan Airlines awaits its passengers at Beijing Capital International Airport for its flight to Narita International Airport, which serves Tokyo. Photograph by FlyerTalk member SAtraveller. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by SAtraveller.

FlyerTalk member GaryD reported that his wife was stranded at San Francisco International Airport but initially did not know the reason or the cause, which was due to the incoming flight — a Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft which operated as Japan Airlines flight 2 from Tokyo but was diverted to Honolulu on its way to San Francisco after the pilot reportedly declared an emergency due to either a “hydraulic issue” or an oil leak as indicated by a drop in engine lubricant pressure according to cockpit indicators.

The girlfriend of FlyerTalk member daboogah was reportedly on the diverted flight: “…she is a CP for NH and (oh, she never non revs on her airline..doesnt like it) kept talking about how professional the crew was ad the ground staff have been awesome. when they found out I lived in Hawaii, they doubled up her meal value and said, have meals on us. It was a nice weekend!”

None of the 171 passengers and members of the flight crew were injured, as they exited the aircraft safely at Honolulu International Airport. In fact, the only “casualty” of this incident was the cancellation of Japan Airlines flight 1 from San Francisco to Tokyo Haneda Airport later that day — which resulted in the wife of GaryD and other passengers being stranded in San Francisco.

The wife of GaryD wound up traveling to Los Angeles International Airport to catch a flight operated by American Airlines to Narita International Airport the next day.

According to this report, the aircraft in question was the same one on which a battery fire occurred in January of 2013 at Logan International Airport in Boston — which prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to ground the entire fleet of Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft worldwide for months.

Greater than $600 million dollars was spent before the worldwide fleet of Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft was permitted to fly again in April of 2013 — but problems still continue to plague the fleet of aircraft.

For example, a maintenance crew at Narita Airport reportedly discovered white smoke and an unidentified liquid emanating from the main battery of a Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft only two months ago — supposedly two hours before it was to depart from Tokyo to Bangkok with 158 passengers, according to an official representative of Japan Airlines, which operates the aircraft…

…but not all of the problems are reported in the news or by the media, though. For example, FlyerTalk member joejones posted that “I am now even more disappointed that it didn’t make the news when my 787 got diverted to Alaska last year” due to a “flap indicator issue.”

However, the latest issue appears to be delays in the production of the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft due to hairline cracks reportedly being discovered in the wings of some of the aircraft being assembled. None of the affected aircraft had been placed into service; and a spokesman for Boeing reportedly said that “We are confident that the condition does not exist in the in-service fleet”…

…but that apparently does not instill much confidence in FlyerTalk member flyerhog, who does not seem to be convinced of the safety of Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft: “Honestly, the entire manufacturing process has been outsourced to the xth degree than I wouldn’t be surprised there will be some catastrophic incident in the future.”

I truly hope that that does not happen…

Comments (Showing 3 of 3)

  • BearX220 at 10:37am March 11, 2014

    Outsourcing does not lead to catastrophic incidents.

  • todorovic at 11:07am March 11, 2014

    No, but lack of QC does. I have yet to fly on a 787 and was looking for an opportunity to do so. With all these issues piling up I think I’ll wait a lot longer.

  • Ritz at 2:17pm March 11, 2014

    Sure it does. Cheap labor = cheap manufacturing.

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