Boeing Dreamliner's poses scarier risk for airlines (Picture: markyharky on flickr)

Boeing Dreamliner poses scarier risk for airlines

The Boeing Dreamliner has already caused problems for airlines since it was introduced.

The highly inflammable battery, cracking windshields and 136 other “minor technical snags” are a few examples of the problems the plane has had.

Yesterday (Feb 5), an Air India flight from Melbourne to Delhi was diverted to Kuala Lumpur after all three of the navigation computers failed all at once. The flight landed without any navigation aid as the cockpit software system went blank. The computers control navigation and allow planes to fly long distance on auto pilot.

Thankfully the flight landed safely, however, more than 230 passengers and crew were stranded in Kuala Lumpur while waiting for mechanics from Hong Kong to fix the problems.

Air India spokesman Praveen Bhatnagar has said that the “software glitches” were responsible and were “not a big issue.”

A growing list of faults and failures pose problems for Boeing and airlines – should they invest in their fleet with aircraft that may be unsafe?

What do you think to the aircraft problems? Or are these minor faults that happen more often than we realise?

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