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US aviation regulator launches safety review of Boeing 787

Last Updated: Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 17:09

New York: The national aviation authority of the United States will launch a comprehensive review of the critical systems of Boeing’s 787s, after a fire and a fuel leak earlier this week.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that the review would include the design, manufacture and assembly of those systems.

The FAA statement gave no indication that the agency intends to limit or prohibit the 787 from flying during the review, the New York Daily News reports.

According to the report, the 787, which Boeing calls the “ Dreamliner,” relies more than any other modern airliner on electrical signals to help power nearly everything the plane does.

It’s also the first Boeing plane to use rechargeable lithium ion batteries, which charge faster and can be molded to space-saving shapes compared to other airplane batteries.

A fuel leak forced a 787 operated by Japan Airlines, to cancel takeoff at Boston''s Logan International Airport on Monday.

A fire ignited Monday in the battery pack of an auxiliary power unit of a Japan Airlines 787 empty of passengers as the plane sat on the tarmac at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

It took firefighters 40 minutes to put out the blaze, the Post said.

Also this week, a fuel leak delayed a flight from Boston to Tokyo of another Japan Airlines 787.


First Published: Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 17:06
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