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January 14, 2013

Boeing 787 Dreamliner: Several safety issues reported for new aircraft

Motley Rice aviation attorney and former U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General Mary Schiavo has been the guest on numerous news programs to discuss the recent incidents involving several Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

First, an electrical fire was reported on an empty, grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliner following a Japan Airlines flight to Boston from Tokyo. Then, a fuel leak was found during a pre-flight inspection on another Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by Japan Airlines, causing the plane to be canceled prior to takeoff at Boston's Logan International Airport. Most recently, Japan's All Nippon Airways was forced to cancel a 787 Dreamliner scheduled to fly from the Yamaguchi region in western Japan to Tokyo due to its computer erroneously showing problems with the aircraft's brakes.

"We should worry, and Boeing should worry—the good thing is that the NTSB is investigating," Mary told Fox News' Neil Cavuto on Jan. 8. "There are 47 [Boeing 787 Dreamliners] out there now. There are a number of problems, not all of them are electrical, more than one would normally expect . . . Boeing needs to get on top of this right away. It is serious."  Mary added that having problems with a new model aircraft is very common in the first 18 months to 2 years. There were many such problems when the Boeing 777 was introduced, and the 777 now has a great record. 

Learn more about these incidents and the possible future for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner by watching Mary's interviews:

CNNi with Richard Quest

The Post & Courier

CNBC's Street Signs program

WCIV Channel 4