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United Reportedly Finds Improper Wiring in Boeing 787s

Jan. 9, 2013

Gregory Karp

United Airlines inspected its new Boeing 787 airplanes after an electrical fire Monday on the same model and reportedly found improperly installed wires.

"We continue to work closely with Boeing on the reliability of our 787s," United spokeswoman Mary Ryan said.

Chicago-based United conducted the inspection on its six Dreamliners, after a fire Monday aboard a Japan Airlines 787 in Boston, Ryan said.

But, Ryan would not say what the result of that inspection was.

However, citing unnamed sourced, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that United found improperly installed wires in the plane's auxiliary power unit, the system involved in the fire Monday.

Also Tuesday, a fuel leak forced a different Japan Airlines 787, also in Boston, to cancel its takeoff and return to the gate.

A string of incidents lately, including inspections for fuel leaks ordered by the Federal Aviation Administration last month, add to the woes of Chicago-based Boeing, which has been criticized for delivering the 787 more than three years late because of design and production problems.

gkarp@tribune.com

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