On Wednesday, the United States Federal Aviation Administration issued a new airworthiness directive which impacts a select number of Boeing 787s. The directive orders the aircrafts decompression panels to be inspected in the bilge area. This follows reports of torn panels being found onboard some aircraft.
The directive applies to all variants of the 787. Increased inspections of the area will also occur, with Boeing working on a fix to the defect.
It is predicted that the directive will impact 222 787 registered in the US. How many more aircraft registered in other places are affected is not known.
Last month it was revealed Boeing had not delivered any 787s since October 2020, following the discovery of a production defect. Due to increased inspections the manufacterer has had to delay their deliveires of the type until the issue is sorted.