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Boeing's Dreamliner 787 Grounded by FAA

12:00 AM, Jan 17, 2013   |    comments
Boeing 787 (Courtesy: Associated Press)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. is grounding Boeing's 787 while investigators look into reports of possible battery fires.

The Federal Aviation Administration's emergency safety order will require U.S. airlines to temporarily cease operating Boeing's newest and most technologically advanced plane nicknamed the Dreamliner.

The move comes after an All Nippon Airways 787 made an emergency landing in Japan when pilots detected a burning smell and received a cockpit message showing battery problems.

The agency said it will work with Boeing and U.S. air carriers to develop a plan allowing 787s to "resume operations as quickly and safely as possible." United Airlines is the only U.S. carrier with 787s. It has six.

Only days ago, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood declared the plane safe.

The FAA order applies only to U.S. carriers, but aviation authorities in other countries usually follow the lead of the country where the manufacturer is based. Fifty Dreamliners have been delivered in the U.S. and around the world.

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