(WASHINGTON) — In a new report released Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing determined that 787 planes are “safe” after a string of incidents last year involving batteries in the airplanes.
“We do conclude that the aircraft is safe and it meets its intended level of design and safety,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a conference call Wednesday.
The FAA ordered a review of the 787’s critical systems after a lithium battery fire on a Japan Airlines 787 parked at Boston’s Logan International Airport in January of 2013. Days later, another fire and battery incident on an All Nippon Airways flight prompted an emergency landing in Japan. The FAA and other regulators then grounded the global fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners for three and a half months.
The review included an examination of the plane’s designs, manufacture and assembly. Separate reviews of the battery system are ongoing.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN