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ANA 787 suffers landing gear hiccup

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 8, 2011
ANA's first 787, JA801A, which the airline took delivery of in late September.

Boeing and Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) are investigating a problem with the landing gear of the 787-8 Dreamliner two weeks after the new airliner went into service.

ANA pilots were forced to deploy JA801A’s landing gear using a manual backup system during a flight on Sunday after sensors indicated the main landing gear had not properly extended, the airline said. The flight subsequently landed safely in Okayama on a second attempt.

Both ANA and Boeing are investigating the problem, which Kyodo News Agency linked to a hydraulic valve.

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ANA has so far received two of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 powered aircraft. The airline says it is using the 787s on domestic routes on an interim basis before putting the jets into international service.

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