More on the AA 787. Interesting that unlike the recent 747 hail damage episode it appears the hail did not penetrate the radome.
American Airlines to ferry banged-up Boeing 787 from China to DFW next week
Earlier this week, one of American Airlines’ Boeing 787 was climbing out of Beijing, China, when it encountered a hailstorm that left the new airplane somewhat beat up.
The pilots returned to the Beijing airport, and there the airplane sits while experts from American, Boeing and engine manufacturer GE check it out and do some repairs to get it flying again.
“We expect to ferry the aircraft to Dallas/Fort Worth the early part of next week,” AA spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said Thursday. “We haven’t found anything that we didn’t expect to find. There are no major structural issues.”
As the photo above shows, the airplane most visibly got a dented radome, made of composite materials as is much of the airplane’s surfaces. Huguely said a couple of sections of the windshield were cracked, as were lenses and caps over lights, with some parts of the composite surface receiving dents, and so forth.
“We are working with Boeing and GE and they have people on site working with us,” she said.
Once the repairs necessary to make the airplane airworthy are made in Beijing, the airplane will go to American’s D/FW maintenance base for more repairs and checks.
“We’ll put it back in service once it passes inspection,” she said.
The airplane, tail number N805AN, was delivered to American three months ago. We believe it was the fourth Boeing 787 that American received, based on the database on the All Things 787 blog.
The first of its handful of Dreamliners arrived in late January. The airplanes have been put on the DFW-Beijing, DFW-Shanghai and DFW-Buenos Aires routes so far, as well as the DFW-Chicago run.
According to FlightAware, American Flight 88 from Beijing to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport on Monday afternoon (Beijing time) was about 20 minutes out of Beijing and climbing above 26,000 feet when it began descending. It landed back at Beijing less than 45 minutes after takeoff.
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