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17.01.2013 14:52
US Joins Japan in Grounding Boeing 787s
Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney issued an official statement today after the decision of FAA, saying “Boeing is committed to supporting the FAA and finding answers as quickly as possible"
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American regulators followed the lead of Japanese airlines by grounding the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Wednesday night, saying a recent series of safety incidents meant urgent action was needed.
 
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would require airlines to demonstrate that the plane's cutting-edge batteries were safe before allowing further flights. It has notified regulators in other countries of its action.
 
Japan's two leading airlines, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines, had already grounded their fleets of Boeing 787s after one of the Dreamliner passenger jets made an emergency landing, the latest in a series of incidents that have heightened safety concerns over a plane that many see as the future of commercial aviation.
 
After the FAA announcement, India and Chile were the next countries to move. Air India spokesman K Swaminathan said India's aviation authority had directed the state airline to stop flying the Boeing planes on Thursday morning as it waits for an investigation by Indian regulators to take place. "Air India has temporarily ceased operation of its Dreamliners," Swaminathan said.
 
Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney issued an official statement today after the decision of FAA, saying “Boeing is committed to supporting the FAA and finding answers as quickly as possible. The company is working around the clock with its customers and the various regulatory and investigative authorities. We will make available the entire resources of The Boeing Company to assist.”

TAGS: Boeing | 787 | Dreamliner | Japan | emergency | passengers | security | aviation 


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