Washington: The US aviation authority has said they won't permit the 787 Dreamliner fly again until officials are confident safety risks over the jetliner's lithium-ion batteries have been addressed.
Federal Aviation Administration officials, however, said that they are reviewing a proposal from Boeing to let the 787 Dreamliner fly again.
The agency''s remarks came after FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari met with a delegation led by Ray Conner, chief of Boeing''s commercial unit, to discuss a package of modifications to the 787''s battery system.
According to the Wall Street Journal, agency spokeswoman Laura Brown said that the FAA is "reviewing a Boeing proposal and will analyze it closely.”
The agency will not allow the 787 to return to commercial service until it is confident that any proposed solution has addressed the battery failure risks, she added.
Boeing called the meeting "productive," but offered no details on its proposed fixes.
The paper said that Boeing''s proposal involves a 10-point package of changes, according to government and industry officials.
They include a containment box to surround the battery, venting tubes for smoke or fumes, greater spacing between the battery''s cells and additional internal temperature and voltage monitoring, the paper added.
First Published: Saturday, February 23, 2013, 16:16