WARSAW, Sept 29 (Reuters) - A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by Poland's LOT airline had to landunexpectedly in Iceland on Sunday due to a fault in its airplaneidentification system, a spokeswoman for the airline said onSunday.
The plane was flying from Toronto to Warsaw when it wasforced to land at the island's Keflavik airport, at Reykjavik.
"The aircraft had to land due to an air identificationsystem fault. The Norwegian authorities have refused permissionto fly over its territory, even though other countries gavepermission to fly over theirs," Barbara Pijanowska-Kuras said.
Boeing said the diversion resulted from an "inoperativeantenna" used to transmit the plane's identification informationduring flight. Flight is allowed with the antenna not working,but requires air traffic controllers along the route topre-approve the flight, Boeing said.
"LOT has already made the proper arrangements and parts andpersonnel are en route to address the issue and return theairplane to flight status," Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said ina statement sent to Reuters. "Boeing stands ready to help ifasked."
The Dreamliner was expected to be a game-changer for theaviation industry, but there have been delays getting it intoservice and setbacks including the grounding of all the planesdue to battery problems.
Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle on Saturdaytook one of its brand new Dreamliners out of long-haul serviceand demanded that Boeing repair the plane after it sufferedrepeated breakdowns.
For state-owned LOT, which has struggled for years with hugeoperating losses, the incident adds to a list of problems withthe Dreamliners. Last week it had to delay flights aftercheck-ups showed two planes lacked gas filters.
LOT is demanding from Boeing compensation for lost revenueand has given Boeing time until the end of the year to settle oncompensation over faults or face court action.
Pijanowska-Kuras said that LOT had sent two planes to getthe Dreamliner passengers to Poland, while Boeing's servicecompany will be working to solve the issue so that theDreamliner could be taken to Poland "as soon as possible".
She said it is too early to say whether the unexpectedlanding in Iceland would be added to LOT's list of claims fromBoeing.
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