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Singapore-bound JAL Dreamliner turns back due to anti-icing system glitch

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Japanese passengers and operators have extremely low tolerance toward such delays and disruptions, especially as many of them are in the habit of taking 3 to 5 day overseas "vacations." I'm sure plenty of them were quite peeved.

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This dreamliner turns out to be the real nightmare. What a lemon.

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Boeing admitted in April that despite months of testing it did not know the root cause of the problems, but rolled out modifications it said would ensure the issue did not recur.

Read my old comments and you'll note that I have long stood on the side that has said it's not the batteries that are the problem. The batteries shorting out and catching fire are the end result of "THE PROBLEM". I have said that the 787 problems lie withing the aircraft's wiring and circuits and may also be an issue with the new frame being made mainly of carbon fibre.

Sure there are plenty of military aircraft that have been made for years out of carbon fibre composites but just remember that they are MADE TO MILITARY SPECS and designed for war to survive a beating. A commercial airliner is designed to make money first. Don't you forget that! Safety is a given factor when you design an airliner so ask yourself how is it that the 787 is still flying if they do not know the root cause of the problem? Alex Trebek, the answer is "what is a commercial airliner design for". That's the "Jeopardy" that has become the 787.

FYI, the management of static build up and discharge and electrical circuit isolation and conduction is far different in an aircraft that isn't all conductive because most of it is now made of carbon fibre. Putting the batteries into "fire boxes" so WHEN they catch fire again they won't burn the aircraft down is Boeing saying to the world "this is the best we can do because we don't know at this moment what the problem really is but we want to continue selling these planes so deal with it".

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At 35,000 ft altitude and -50f, this is a very serious problem.

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when there's big money to be made...in any industry...screw everyone else first. works in financial markets, healthcare, airlines, etc.

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First too hot then too cold? This is reading like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

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Sorry folks, now I am in NO hurry to fly in this so called Dream Liner 787! Maybe 5 years later I would think about it, but now?? Sorry, I gotta a funny feeling Boeing etc..was just in a big hurry to compete with Airbus and now we have this mess!

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No matter how much pre testing your always going to find faults. I feel confident that this will sort itself out safely. For those that don't perhaps you would prefer the days of wood canvas and paper.

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For those that don't perhaps you would prefer the days of wood canvas and paper.

I prefer the days of ni-cad batteries.

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ask yourself how is it that the 787 is still flying if they do not know the root cause of the problem?

Very pertinent question.

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