Second United 787 Diverted With Oil-Related Problem

United Airlines on Thursday said one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners was diverted from its trans-Atlantic flight plan because of a low oil indication, making it the second 787 flight in three days to be cut short due to an oil-related problem.

United flight 125 from London’s Heathrow airport to Houston diverted to Newark, New Jersey due to a low oil indication, United said in a statement. The airline said the aircraft landed normally and without incident around 2:15 pm local time and passengers were put on other flights.

The unscheduled diversion follows an incident on Tuesday, when a United 787 on its way to Tokyo from Denver was diverted to Seattle after an indication of a problem with an oil filter in an engine. That plane also landed without incident.

Boeing said the two incidents were not related.

“We will work with United and General Electric to complete the appropriate maintenance and testing activities, and return the airplane to service,” Boeing said in a statement. “This is not related to the issue another United airplane experienced earlier this week.”

General Electric, the maker of the engines on United’s 787s, did not respond to requests for comment.


June 23rd, 2013
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