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Boeing 787s have a software bug that could shut off the plane mid-air

Boeing 787s have a software bug that could shut off the plane mid-air

Dreamliners' electrical generators go into a failsafe mode every 248 days, after which all four of the plane's main generator control units start to fail simultaneously.

New Delhi: Boeing's 787 Dreamliners have been found to have a software glitch in their systems that could suddenly shut down all electrical power to the plane mid-flight, causing catastrophic situations.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a warning against the bug after lab tests revealed that the Dreamliners' electrical generators went into a failsafe mode every 248 days or roughly eight months, after which, all four of the plane's main generator control units start to fail simultaneously.

A report on The Verge notes that the temporary solution to the problem is to periodically shut down the power systems. Boeing's own records state that all jets in the fleet have been powered off and turned back on as part of a routine maintenance and therefore, there is no immediate concern of the plane losing power. Meanwhile, the airline maker is working to fix the scary software glitch.

The 787s have been making headlines for similar issues in the past. In 2012, security experts found that the fleet's system consisted of a buggy chip that put it at risk of getting hacked. In 2013, a battery fire grounded the entire fleet.
first published:May 02, 2015, 14:34 IST