Dreamliners grounded

Nearly all Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft have been grounded following concerns about the safety of their batteries.

The FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive after battery failures on two separate flights caused the release of flammable electrolytes, heat damage and smoke.

Last week the organisation also announced a review of the 787’s critical systems, with the possibility of further action pending new data and information.

Boeing’s flagship airliner has been in service since October 2011. In a statement Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney said:

“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.

“We are confident the 787 is safe and we stand behind its overall integrity. We will be taking every necessary step in the coming days to assure our customers and the traveling public of the 787’s safety and to return the airplanes to service.”

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