Technical problem forces LOT Dreamliner to land
Sept. 30, 2013, Reykjavik, Iceland - A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by LOT airline, the flag carrier of Poland, has made an unexpected landing in Iceland due to a malfunctioning of the aircraft's identification system.
Boeing said that the diversion is due to an 'inoperative antenna' that sends the aircraft's identification information during its flight.
Although the aircraft can fly with the non-functioning antenna, it requires air traffic controllers along the route to pre-approve the flight, the company said.
The aircraft was travelling from Toronto to Poland when it was diverted to Reykjavik, Iceland, and made to force land at Keflavik airport, nearly 1,700 miles short of the destination.
Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel told Reuters that LOT has already made the proper arrangements and parts and personnel are en route to address the issue and return the airplane to flight status.
"Boeing stands ready to help if asked."
"Boeing stands ready to help if asked," Birtel said.
LOT airlines had previously reported technical problems in Dreamliner aircraft and demanded Boeing to solve a potential safety threat.
The 787 Dreamliner, the first commercial plane made primarily with of lightweight composite material, was expected to bring a transition in the aviation sector.
However, the aircraft has been hit by a number of problems since its introduction two years ago, including delays in commencing its services and other hindrances including grounding of all the aircraft owing to battery problems.
The LOT problem follows Norwegian Air Shuttle's decision to ground 787 demanding Boeing officials to examine technical problems after the aircraft encountered repeated breakdowns.