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Chief Project Engineer of the 787 Steps Aside as More Problems Arise


Following the announcement that ANA found damaged battery wires on the locator beacons of two Boeing Dreamliner aircraft, United Airlines has announced that it has found a pinched wire on one of its 787 transmitters. A fire aboard a Dreamliner operated by Ethiopian Airways at London’s Heathrow airport earlier this month has been blamed on the faulty beacons.

Also today, Qatar Airways has grounded one of its Dreamliners due to a minor technical issue. Further information was not available, however, Reuters reports that smoke was seen emanating from an electrical panel.

The latest incidents follows the news Thursday that a Dreamliner flight operated by Air India had an overheating oven caused smoke to emit. The flight was uninterrupted.

On Friday, Mike Delaney, vice president of engineering at Boeing, announced internally that the company was reorganizing their engineering executives. Mike Sinnet will be leaving his position as chief project engineer of the 787. Sinnet will be replaced by Bob Whittington, the chief project engineer of the 777.

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