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New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Oct 20, 2013

Air India Body panel falls off Boeing 787 Dreamliner in flight. A body panel fell off a Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by Air India as it came into land on Saturday, the latest glitch for the high-tech jet that has suffered a string of mishaps since its introduction two years ago. The eight feet by four feet (2.4 metres by 1.2 metres) piece of fuselage fell from the underside of the jet and landed within the perimeter at India's Bangalore airport, officials said. The pilots of the plane, carrying 148 passengers and crewfrom Delhi to Bangalore, did not realise the panel was missing until the flight landed, The Times of India reported. Oct 16, 2013

Air India, Boeing Air India Boeing 787 body panel fall off in-flight but poses no safety risk. 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 part was fitted on the aircraft grounded in Bangalore (VT-ANA) it could fly again after a delay of almost 10 hours. Air India spokesman G P Rao said: "The panel has since been fixed and the aircraft is in operation again. The DGCA is probing this." "It was the mid-underwing-to-body fairing located on the belly of the airplane on the right side," Boeing spokesman Doug Alder said. The...

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