Cracked windshield forces Singapore-bound Boeing Dreamliner to divert to Okinawa

FILE PHOTO: An All Nippon Airways' (ANA) Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane © Yuya Shino
A Boeing 787 bound for Singapore made an emergency landing on the Japanese island of Okinawa, after originally taking off from Tokyo. The All Nippon Airlines plane had suffered a cracked windshield.

The Dreamliner aircraft safely touched down at Naha airport during the middle of the night. The windshield on the pilot’s side of the plane had become cracked, according to internet portal Airlive.

Passengers from flight #NH843 from Tokyo to Singapore are waiting for a replacement aircraft to arrive to let them continue on with their journey. 

In June, Engineers working on the Dreamliner project claimed they had been pressured by senior Boeing management to approve parts and designs for the plane, regardless of whether they met standards set by the Federal Aviation Administration. 

Four senior regulating engineers told Al Jazeera that they had worked in “an atmosphere of undue pressure” while working on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. 

The engineers said they had been subject to “verbal abuse and verbal ridicule” when they tried to enforce policies and practices stipulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and felt like they were “talking to a brick wall” when they expressed their concerns.