Sustained damage to the center fuselage of the fourth flight
test aircraft in the 787 programme has delayed
delivery to Boeing, reports ATI
The aircraft sustained damage to the center fuselage at the
Global Aeronautica facility in Charleston, SC,
Boeing has confirmed. Specifically, the damage occurred to section 44, a
monolithic bonnet structure joined to the center wing box fabricated by Alenia Aeronautica based in Italy.
Boeing noted an Alenia employee
did not follow proper procedures, but the repair has been completed and the issue
has been resolved.
The airframer says it should know
soon when the center fuselage should be delivered, and underscored the incident
was isolated, and unrepresentative of the production system.
Aside from the nose and center fuselage sections, all other
major structural sections for test aircraft four have arrived in Everett.
Delays in delivery of the fourth test aircraft should not
affect the start of flight testing with aircraft one early in the fourth quarter.
Recently, both the inboard flaps and honeycomb-shaped radar were installed on
the first test aircraft.