SEATTLE, June 20 United Airlines said on
Thursday one of its Boeing Co 787 Dreamliners was
diverted from its trans-Atlantic flight plan because of a low
oil indication, making it the second 787 flight in three days to
be cut short due to an oil-related problem.
United flight 125 from London's Heathrow airport to Houston
diverted to Newark, New Jersey due to a low oil indication,
United said in an emailed statement. The airline said the
aircraft landed normally and without incident around 2:15 p.m.
local time and customers were put on other flights.
The unscheduled diversion follows an incident on Tuesday,
when a United 787 on its way to Tokyo from Denver was diverted
to Seattle after an indication of a problem with an oil filter
in an engine. That plane also landed without incident.
Boeing said the two incidents were not related.
"We will work with United and General Electric to complete
the appropriate maintenance and testing activities, and return
the airplane to service," Boeing said in an emailed statement.
"This is not related to the issue another United airplane
experienced earlier this week."
General Electric Co, the maker of the engines on
United's 787s, did not immediately respond to requests for
Diversions of planes due to technical problems are not
uncommon, but the 787 is under the microscope due to the
financial importance of Boeing's new carbon-fiber plane and its
checkered production history.
The airplane was more than three years late coming off the
production line and finally entered service in late 2011. It was
grounded worldwide in January after lithium-ion batteries
overheated on two of its jets in about a week, and only resumed
commercial service in May after Boeing installed a redesigned
battery system on the 50 jets in service.