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FAA grounds 787 Dreamliner in US to conduct safety review

Published on Jan 17, 2013 7:20 AM
Mechanics of All Nippon Airways (ANA) work beside the company's Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner plane at Haneda airport in Tokyo January 16, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Federal Aviation Administration grounded all US-registered Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on Wednesday to address a possible battery fire risk.

"As a result of an in-flight, Boeing 787 battery incident earlier today in Japan, the FAA will issue an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) to address a potential battery fire risk in the 787 and require operators to temporarily cease operations," the regulator said in a statement.

"Before further flight, operators of US-registered, Boeing 787 aircraft must demonstrate to the Federal Aviation Administration that the batteries are safe," it said.

The FAA said it would work with Boeing and carriers to develop a corrective action plan "to allow the US 787 fleet to resume operations as quickly and safely as possible." United Airlines, the world's biggest airline, is currently the only US airline operating the 787, with six airplanes in service.

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