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Many tests before Boeing 787 flies again: FAA

Published on Feb 28, 2013 7:30 AM
Boeing 787 Dreamliner airframe #8 is tugged out for takeoff departure from Paine Field in Everett, Washington in this September 27, 2011 file photo, for delivery to the 787's first customer, All Nippon Airways (ANA) of Japan. The grounding of Boeing Co's global fleet of 787 Dreamliner passenger jets due to undiagnosed battery problems is taking its toll on the hundreds of pilots specially trained to fly the high-tech, fuel efficient plane. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The top US air safety administrator said on Wednesday it was still far from allowing Boeing's 787 Dreamliner to fly again with a proposed fix for its faulty batteries.

"What Boeing has presented to us is a proposal that identifies a handful of probable causes that are all in the battery itself," Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta told lawmakers.

"Once we approve the plan, we have to go though the process of actually implementing the plan, which will involve a great deal of testing, a great deal of further analysis and re-engineering before these planes are back in the air." Mr Huerta said he expected to have an FAA report next week on Boeing's proposal.

All 50 of the world's 787s were grounded on Jan 16 after the lithium-ion batteries on Boeing's new cutting-edge plane overheated, causing a fire on an aircraft parked in Boston and inflight smoke on another that forced an emergency landing in Japan.

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