* Windshield cracked while landing at Melbourne airport
* Air India says still finding out the cause of the crack
* Boeing 787 jets have suffered a series of glitches
SYDNEY/NEW DELHI, Nov 5 Boeing Co is
working with Air India Ltd after the windshield of a
787 Dreamliner cracked while landing in Australia, the
Seattle-based plane maker said on Tuesday, the latest in a
series of problems to beset the plane.
The 787 has suffered a series of glitches since it was
introduced two years ago, the worst being incidents involving
overheating batteries that prompted regulators to ground the
entire fleet in January. Flights resumed in April.
Others glitches have included a body panel falling off a 787
operated by Air India, a development that is still under
investigation, and a toilet malfunction on a Japan Airlines Co
plane which forced its return to origin.
An Air India spokesman said the windshield cracked when the
flight from Delhi was landing at a Melbourne airport late on
Sunday, adding they were still finding out what caused the
"We are replacing the windshield and the aircraft will
depart today," the Air India spokesman said on Tuesday.
Another Air India official was earlier quoted by Indian
media as saying the problem was not a glitch with the high-tech
aircraft but may have been due to rapid changes in temperature
or particles on the windscreen while landing. The plane was
carrying 74 passengers, media reported.
In a response to queries about the incident, Boeing said it
was aware of the issue and was working with the airline. A
Sydney-based spokeswoman declined to comment further. Melbourne
Airport also declined to comment.
Air India, which currently operates nine of the 787
Dreamliner aircraft, is to take delivery a 10th one this week, a
senior Boeing executive said last week. Air India has orders for
a total 27 Dreamliner jets.