Air India Boeing 787 body panel fall off in-flight but poses no safety risk.


New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) - Wed, Oct 16, 2013

Boeing said a body panel fell from a 787-8 Dreamliner operated by Air India while the plane was in flight on Saturday Oct. 12, a new problem for the high-tech jet that has suffered a string of mishaps since its introduction. The loss of the fuselage panel posed no safety risk to passengers according to the manufacturer. It was not immediately known where the panel landed. According to sources, the panel was covering the Dreamliner's AC bay of the composite jet. The jet was carrying 148 people, including crew, on a Air India flight 803 from Delhi to Bangalore, The Times of India newspaper reported. The pilots did not realize the eight-by-four-foot panel was missing until after the flight landed in Bangalore, the newspaper said, adding that India's aviation authorities are investigating. Boeing said the missing panel fell from the underside of the plane on the right side. A photo on The Times of India website showed a large opening with components and aircraft structure visible inside. The Times of India said the missing part was taken out of a brand new Dreamliner (tail number VT-ANO, delivered Oct. 4, 2013), Air India's 9th Boeing 787-8 which had landed here just days back and is awaiting certification to begin commercial flying, and taken to Bangalore. After this...

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