‘Hairline cracks” discovered on wings of Dreamliners

March 9, 2014 3:17 am

Boeing Co has said that “hairline cracks” have been discovered in the wings of about 40 Dreamliners that are in production, marking another setback for the company’s newest jet, Reuters has reported. The cracks have not been found on planes that are in use by airlines and therefore pose no safety risk, Boeing said, adding the problem also will not alter Boeing’s plans to deliver 110 787s this year. However, the cracks, which also occurred on the larger 787-9 model currently undergoing flight tests, could delay by a few weeks the date when airlines can take delivery of their new planes, the company said.