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FAA orders review of Boeing 787s

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Staff writer ▼ | January 11, 2013
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will conduct a full review of the Boeing 787 critical systems, including the design, manufacture and assembly.
Boeing 787
Boeing 787 The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will conduct a full review of the Boeing 787 critical systems, including the design, manufacture and assembly.


"In light of a series of recent events," said FAA, "the purpose of the review is to validate the work conducted during the certification process and further ensure that the aircraft meets the FAA's high level of safety."

"The safety of the traveling public is our top priority. This review will help us look at the root causes and do everything we can to safeguard against similar events in the future," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

A team of FAA and Boeing engineers and inspectors will conduct this joint review, with an emphasis on the aircraft's electrical power and distribution system. The review will also examine how the electrical and mechanical systems interact with each other. The review will be structured to provide a broader view of design, manufacturing and assembly and will not focus exclusively on individual events. The review is expected to begin in Seattle, but may expand to other locations over the course of several months.

"We are confident that the aircraft is safe. But we need to have a complete understanding of what is happening. We are conducting the review to further ensure that the aircraft meets our high safety standards," said FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta.

FAA technical experts logged 200,000 hours of work during the 787 type certification and flew on numerous test flights. United Airlines is currently the only U.S. airline operating the 787, with six airplanes in service. The worldwide in-service fleet includes 50 airplanes.


 

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