Israeli airline El Al’s second “Dreamliner” plane was grounded on Sunday afternoon at Newark’s international airport, after a malfunction was discovered in the plane’s weather radar, Yediot Aharonot reported this morning.
As a result, the 2:15 pm flight headed for Israel was delayed, and passengers were put up in local hotels. The flight was rescheduled for Monday morning.
The report noted further that, after passengers returned to the airport on Monday morning for the rescheduled departure, the plane again did not take off at the scheduled time of 7 am, but was delayed by 3 hours - resulting in an actual departure 20 hours after the originally-scheduled time.
Two weeks ago, El Al’s other Dreamliner had its flight delayed shortly before departing from London to Tel Aviv, after a crack was discovered in one of the plane’s windows.
El Al is expected to gradually replace its aging fleet of Boeing 747 and 767 planes with the newer Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which were designed to be more fuel efficient, over the next several years. El Al received its first Dreamliner from Boeing in August.