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Damaged American Airlines Dreamliner Returns to Beijing Airport

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | July 28, 2015

Damaged American Airlines Dreamliner Returns to Beijing Airport

Even a Dreamliner is no match for Mother Nature's fury.

Shortly after takeoff from Beijing Capital International Airport Monday, one of American Airlines' brand new Boeing 787s was forced to turn around after sustaining visible damage to its nose in a hailstorm, USA Today reported.

The airline confirmed the incident in a statement issued to USA Today:

"American Airlines Flight 88, a flight from Beijing Capital International Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, returned to Beijing due to damage sustained by weather in flight. The Boeing 787, with 209 passengers and a crew of 13, is currently being evaluated by our maintenance team."

The plane, which is one of just seven Boeing 787-8s in American's fleet, was photographed on the tarmac in Beijing courtesy of USA Today Weather:

Andrea Huguely, a spokesperson for the airline, told USA Today that repair efforts were already underway and that passengers aboard the impacted flight had been rescheduled on other flights. 

The incident occurred just two months since American began offering passenger service on the $225 million Dreamliner. Currently, the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier primarily uses the aircraft to operate long-haul international flights. 

American's new plane made its international debut just last month, taking over service on the aforementioned Beijing-Dallas/Fort Worth route. 

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