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FAA to Review Dreamliner; Calls Plane Safe

5:56 PM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting a comprehensive review of the design, manufacture and assembly of the Boeing 787 following several recent incidents including a fire and a fuel leak this week.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said at a morning news conference that there is nothing his agency has seen to suggest the plane isn't safe. But he says the FAA wants to figure out why the safety-related incidents are occurring.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood went a step further, saying he believes the plane is safe, and declaring that he "would have absolutely no reservations about boarding one of these planes and taking a flight."

The 787 Dreamliner is the aircraft maker's newest and most technologically advanced airliner. It 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. The plane is made with lightweight composite materials instead of aluminum.

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