Ice Glitch Forces Boeing's New Jets to Steer Clear of Storms

An airport worker removes snow and ice from an Air China Boeing 777 plane, at Shanghai's Hongqiao airport on Feb. 2, 2008 Photograph by Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images

The latest teething problem for Boeing’s new jets—high-altitude icing—has the aircraft manufacturer telling operators of its 787 Dreamliner and new 747-8 with General Electric’s GEnx engines to stay at least 50 nautical miles away from high-altitude thunderstorms.

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