Feb. 06--Air India diverted a Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner to Kuala Lumpur as a precaution after the plane developed a software fault on a flight to New Delhi from Melbourne Wednesday, Bloomberg News reported.
A Boeing team dispatched from Hong Kong is inspecting the plane. G.P. Rao, an airline spokesman, told the news agency. It was expected to be able to fly again in a few hours. The malfunction may have been the result of a software upgrade, Rao said.
The jet carried 215 people, Press Trust of India reported. No one was injured.
"We are aware of the in-service incident and working with Air India to provide support," Kate Bergman, a spokeswoman for Chicago-based Boeing, said by e-mail without giving details.
The Dreamliner has experienced a series of malfunctions since its debut in 2011, including a three-month grounding of the global fleet in 2013 after battery meltdowns on two planes. In January, Japan Airlines Co., one of the biggest operators of the Dreamliner, found a battery cell in an empty jet smoking during preflight maintenance.
On Monday, Polish airline LOT aborted a transatlantic flight on a 787 after a computer malfunction.
The 787 Dreamliner, assembled in North Charleston and Everett, Wash., is not at the level of reliability Boeing wants, a Boeing official said last month. It's at 98 percent reliability, meaning two out of every 100 flights could encounter problems.
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