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‘Technical faults’ in Dreamliner

Minister asks Biman to contact Boeing

Published : 20 Apr 2024 11:04 PM | Updated : 21 Apr 2024 01:22 PM

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Md Faruk Khan has directed the Biman Bangladesh Airlines authorities to discuss the ‘technical faults in the Dreamliner aircraft’ with its manufacturing company Boeing based in the USA. 

He also asked Biman officials to communicate with Boeing about the technical faults in its latest model aircraft Dreamliner-787 as raised by one of its former engineers.  

The minister gave the directive while talking to Biman Managing Director Md Shafiqul Azim on Saturday. 

“Biman is currently operating Dreamliner aircrafts manufactured by Boeing which don’t have any technical faults. But it is wise to discuss the matter with Boeing considering the safety of Biman passengers,” the minister said. 

Shafiqul Azim said Biman is continuing contact with Boeing over the technical and maintenance issues. As soon as we get further information, we will notify the minister accordingly.

During a recent interview with the NBC News, former Boeing engineer Sam Salehpour said, “I have serious concerns about the safety of Boeing’s 787 and 777 aircraft and I’m willing to take professional risk to talk to Boeing about the matter. I was told not to make any delay.” 

He said Boeing used ‘unmeasured and unlimited’ amount of force – including people jumping on pieces of the airplane – to correct misalignment between sections of jets, and that the gap ended up being much more than the 5/1000th of an inch allowed by Boeing’s own standards. 

Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Air-vice Marshal M Mofidur Rahman on Firday also said they will ask the Biman authorities to know the details of the matter through discussion with Boeing. 

 “Biman should conduct a thorough investigation into the matter regarding operation of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Though we have given permission to operate the aircraft, it is crucial to ensure that the manufacturers involved are diligently monitoring its performance.” 

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