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Just a month after its historic first flight, United Airlines' brand-new 787 Dreamliner was forced to make an emergency landing due to a mechanical issue. United flight 1146 from Houston to Newark was diverted to New Orleans on Tuesday for an unspecified mechanical problem. Emergency personnel greeted the plane, that carried 174 passengers and 10 crew members, in Louisiana but there were no reports of injuries.
The Federal Aviation Administration is ordering airlines to inspect 787 Dreamliners for improperly installed fuel-line connectors that could result in leaks or even fires.
The safety directive, to be published Wednesday, gives airlines a week to check fuel-line system fastening wires and 21 days to check connectors inside the pylons that hold the engines.
Fuel leaks were reported by airlines on two in-service 787s, and subsequent inspections by Boeing of jets in service or still in production revealed some fuel line connectors were installed incorrectly.