Boeing checks 787s for problem in back

Kyodo

Boeing Co. has started conducting checks and repairs on its 787 Dreamliner after detecting a problem in the aft section, media reports said Sunday, quoting an emailed statement from the company.

Structural stiffeners were found to be improperly joined in the rear of the fuselage, but Boeing said the finding did not pose a “short-term safety concern,” according to the reports.

Boeing declined to comment on how many 787 jets have the problem, but aviation website Flightglobal has said it was found in at least three aircraft, including one operated by All Nippon Airways Co.

The fuel-efficient aircraft, half of which was made with lightweight carbon composite materials, was introduced by ANA last year.