United Airlines said on Tuesday that a Boeing 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, but the plane landed without incident.
The unscheduled diversion is the latest hiccup for Boeing's newest plane, which has been beset by problems and only recently returned to the skies after regulators grounded it worldwide due to trouble with its batteries."United flight 139 from Denver to Tokyo-Narita diverted to Seattle due to an indication of a problem with an oil filter," United said in an emailed statement. "The aircraft landed normally and without incident and we are working to re-accommodate customers."Boeing said it was aware of the issue and was working with United and GE Aviation on the problem.Regulators and investors are keenly following the progress of the 787 Dreamliner which was more than three years late getting into service after a number of production setbacks.Introduced by airlines in late 2011, the 787 was grounded worldwide in January after its lithium-ion batteries overheated on two jets in a week. It resumed commercial service in May after Boeing installed a redesigned battery system on the 50 jets in service.There was no initial indication that any problem with the plane on Tuesday was related to the battery. Source Reuters
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