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Boeing 787s grounded for now (+video)

Concerns over two incidents involving battery failures in Boeing 787s have led U.S. regulators to ground the planes. Administrators say they aim to get the Boeing 787 Dreamliners  back in the air as soon as they deem it safe to do so. 

By StaffReuters / January 16, 2013

An All Nippon Airways flight sits at Takamatsu airport in Takamatsu, western Japan after it made an emergency landing Wednesday. The flight landed after a cockpit message showed battery problems, in the latest trouble for the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner.”

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WASHINGTON

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday said it would temporarily ground Boeing Co's 787s after a second incident involving battery failures caused one of the Dreamliner passenger jets to make an emergency landing in Japan.

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The FAA said airlines would have to demonstrate that the lithium ion batteries involved were safe before they could resume flying Boeing's newest commercial airliner, but gave no details on when that could occur.

The agency said it would work with Boeing and the airlines to develop a corrective action plan that allowed the U.S. 787 fleet to resume operations as quickly and safely as possible.

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