Boeing 787 Dreamliner Emergency Landing Made in Hawaii

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Monday, 10 Mar 2014 08:47 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A Boeing 787 Dreamliner was forced to make an emergency landing in Hawaii over the weekend after the pilot shut down one of the plane's engines.

Japan Airlines Flight JL002, which was en route from Tokyo to San Francisco, landed in Honolulu at 1343 local time Saturday when the pilot cut the right engine after noticing a drop in oil pressure, CNN reported.

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"At the approach to Honolulu the oil pressure was getting low, so the engine was shutdown," a Japan Airlines spokesperson told CNN. "When one engine of an aircraft with twin engines is stopped, the airline must declare an emergency so the flight can have priority to be guided by air traffic control and apply for landing. There was no injured passenger or crew. It was not battery trouble; the cause is being investigated."

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the same aircraft that made the infamous emergency landing at Boston's Logan International Airport in January 2013 after the plane's lithium ion battery caught fire, according to CBS News.

Saturday's emergency landing also comes a few days after the aviation company announced that it discovered "hairline cracks" in the wings of some of its 787s, CNN Money reported.

But aviation experts say the incidents with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are just normal growing pains.

"Because of the early dramatic grounding of the plane every little thing that happens now gets reported," Tom Ballantine, chief correspondent at Orient Aviation magazine, told CNN. "But the Dreamliner hasn't really become a total nightmare. New models do historically have a lot of teething problems."

"The 747 had quite a few issues when it first entered service . . . These issues with the 787 are certainly frustrating for the airlines but you can be sure they are being well compensated. All the airlines I have spoken to think it's a great plane with a fantastic future."

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