Boeing Co. says it has decided to inspect its five flight-test 787 jets before they fly again because of a quality problem found in a portion of the tail built by Italian manufacturer Alenia.
The Seattle Times reported Thursday that the problem in the horizontal stabilizer, the smaller wing on the plane's tail, was found within the past week.
Boeing spokeswoman Yvonne Leach told The Times that engineers are inspecting all 23 of the jets built so far, with inspections to take one to two days.
In a statement late Thursday, the company said it decided to inspect the flight-test airplanes before they fly again to ensure any "rework" is completed as quickly as possible. If a fix is needed, Boeing says it may take as long as eight days per plane.
The problem is "regrettable but under control," Leach said.