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FAA Declares 787's “Safe” While Conducting Comprehensive Investigation Into Aircraft

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declared the Boeing 787 or Dreamliner is “safe” despite numerous incidents including a fire and fuel leak in the aircraft.The statement from FAA administrator Mike Huerta comes as the government agency is conducting a comprehensive examination of the aircraft following five instances this week alone that often grounded the aircraft at various airports including in Japan.The aircraft has had problems since it rolled out 15 months ago.  It was touted as the most technologically advanced aircraft of its time, relying on electrical signals in order to operate.  It also uses rechargeable lithium-ion batteries which charge more quickly and can be molded into space-saving shapes on an aircraft.Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood also released a statement today where he said that he is unafraid to fly the 787 aircraft, of which about 50 are in operation.  Hundreds more are expected to be assembled and delivered to various airlines over the next several years.  United Airlines is the only U.S. carrier that currently includes 787s in its fleet.Airline executives compared this aircraft to others that have “issues” when they first enter service.  Some airline analysts have said that the FAA investigation is to reassure the flying public.  Boeing officials said they welcome the review of its “next generation” aircraft.

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