So much for United's L.A.-to-Tokyo run, at least for now. The government wants to figure out why Boeing's Dreamliner is running into electrical problems that have resulted in several recent incidents. On Tuesday, an All Nipon Airways 787 was forced to make an emergency landing after smoke was detected. The FAA directive only applies to United, which is the sole American carrier using the new plane. Seven other airlines fly the plane. From Bloomberg:
While United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) is the only U.S. carrier operating the 787s, with six in service, most other countries follow the FAA's lead in aviation safety issues. The statement didn't identify what Boeing, United or other airlines must do to ensure the plane is safe. "The FAA will work with the manufacturer and carriers to develop a corrective action plan to allow the U.S. 787 fleet to resume operations as quickly and safely as possible," the agency said in the statement. The agency last ordered an entire model grounded in 1979, when it barred flights on the Douglas DC-10. Inspections of the DC-10 had discovered wing damage similar to what led to a crash in Chicago that killed 271 people.