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DGCA to review Air India's Dreamliners for safety

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 16, 2013
First Published: 09:20 IST(16/1/2013) | Last Updated: 21:08 IST(16/1/2013)

Aviation regulator the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will conduct a "safety review" of the Boeing Dreamliner aircraft purchased by Air India (AI) after two of Japan's biggest airlines decided to ground their Boeing 787 fleet.

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AI till date has received six of the 27 B787's ordered.

The DGCA has formed a team to coordinate with Boeing and AI on the issue. Both the DGCA and AI, however, made it clear that there were no plans to ground Boeing 787 right now.

The premium Dreamliner aircraft has suffered a series of glitches that have prompted investigations by aviation regulators although Boeing insists the plane is safe.

In the latest incident, an All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight was forced into an emergency landing in southwestern Japan.

Both ANA and its rival Japan Airlines have grounded their entire 787 fleets pending safety checks.

Boeing has designated a team in Delhi for any trouble-shooting for Dreamliners.


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