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Posted On: 13 August 2014 01:28 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:14 pm

Qatar Airways Dreamliner forced to divert over oil leakage

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Qatar Airways was reportedly forced to divert a Doha to Copenhagen flight to Ankara last week after the pilot reported oil leaking from the engine, the latest incident involving the Dreamliner aircraft.

The Boeing 787-800 aircraft made the decision to divert to Ankara on Wednesday August 6 “due to decreasing engine oil quantity of the left hand engine,” according to The Aviation Herald.

Qatar Airways dispatched a replacement Boeing 787-800 aircraft to Ankara and the flight reached Copenhagen with a delay of 9 hours.

The report claimed that maintenance crew in Ankara found that the aircraft landed with just sufficient oil to sustain normal engine operation, while the rest had been leaked through a fitting attached to the gear box, requiring repairs by the engine manufacturer.

Qatar Airways declined to comment on the incident when contacted by Arabian Business. Last May, Qatar Airways was forced to divert a Brussels to Doha flight to Budapest after a Boeing 787-800 also suffered technical issues, one of a number of incidents which have plagued the Boeing model.

The Boeing jet has been the subject of a spate of issues about its safety and reliability since the entire global fleet was grounded by regulators in January, 2013 following the overheating of two batteries.

The 787s remained grounded for more than three months while Boeing redesigned the battery, charger and containment system to ensure battery fires would not put the airplane at risk. The cause of the battery problems has not been determined.

In January this year Japan Airlines Co Ltd was forced to temporarily ground one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners after white smoke was spotted outside the plane and a battery cell showed clear signs of leaking.

In April, Qatar Airways said the Dreamliner which has already been introduced to a number of destinations within its network has quickly become a popular choice with passengers.

Qatar currently operates 14 787 aircraft, with a further 16 on order and options on an additional 30.