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All Boeing Dreamliners grounded due to fire risk

Published on Jan 18, 2013 5:45 AM
A grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet operated by United Airlines is parked at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Jan 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded all US-registered Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets for the repair of batteries believed to be linked to a fire risk following a number of related 787 aircraft incidents this month. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Airlines grounded all Boeing 787 Dreamliners on Thursday until a fire risk is fixed, as the United States (US) aerospace giant reeled from the high-tech plane's deepening woes.

Authorities in Chile, Ethiopia, Europe, India, Japan and Qatar followed the lead of the US Federal Aviation Administration by halting all 787 flights after a Japanese Dreamliner was forced by a smoke alert to make an emergency landing on Wednesday.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in grounding all US-registered 787 aircraft late Wednesday, highlighted "a potential battery fire risk in the 787" after a suspected leak emerged as the focus of inquiries into an All Nippon Airways emergency landing.

Last week, the FAA announced a comprehensive review of the 787 following a series of safety incidents.

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