Dreamliner diverted to Azores after trans-Atlantic engine problem

A Thomson Airways Boeing 787 made an emergency landing in the Azores last week after the pilot was forced to shut down an engine because of a technical issue. This photo shows a Boeing 787 during a test flight in 2013 following battery fires that grounded the fleet for three months.

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner carrying 288 passengers had to divert to the Azores after one of its engines experienced a problem on a trans-Atlantic flight last week, according to an airline spokeswoman.

The Thomson Airways flight was en route from the Dominican Republic to Manchester, England, when the captain was forced to shut down one of the engines because of a technical problem, airline spokeswoman Sophie Deans said.

The problem occurred about three hours after takeoff and the plane flew at low altitudes for the next four hours, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Passengers were told to expect a bumpy landing because the pilot had to use double thrust on one engine. The plane landed safely at a military base.

After being kept on the plane and delayed several hours, passengers were transported to England on a Boeing 767.

The engine has been repaired, and the Dreamliner was en route to the Mexican resort of Cancun on Monday, the newspaper reported.

The 787 has been beset with problems since it was first launched. In 2013, fires involving lithium-ion batteries on two of the planes forced the fleet to be grounded worldwide for three months. Other problems, including a cracked windshield, a manufacturer's wing cracks and technical issues, have popped up as well.

Boeing declined to comment on the Thomson Airways incident and referred questions to the airline.

"The safety of our customers and crew is of paramount importance, and we would like to apologize for the delay experienced," Deans said.

Boeing makes parts for and assembles the 787 in North Charleston. The plane is also assembled in Everett, Wash., the hub of the Chicago-based company's airplane-making operations.

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