• More trouble for Boeing's 787 Dreamliners, FAA orders review


    BOSTON (FOXNews.com/MyFoxBoston.com) The Federal Aviation Administration is undertaking a comprehensive review of the critical systems of Boeing's 787s, the aircraft maker's newest and most technologically advanced plane, after a fire and a fuel leak earlier this week, the agency said in a press conference Friday.

    The review will have special focus on the electrical system, and will also include the design, manufacture and assembly of those systems, FAA chief Michael Huerta said.

    "The number one priority at the Department of Transportation is protecting the safety of the traveling public," Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said.

    The 787, which Boeing calls the "Dreamliner," relies more than any other modern airliner on electrical signals to help power nearly everything the plane does.

    It's also the first Boeing plane to use rechargeable lithium ion batteries, which charge faster and can be molded to space-saving shapes compared to other airplane batteries. The plane is made with lightweight composite materials instead of aluminum.

    A Boeing official said the company is working with the FAA. The FAA statement gave no indication that the agency intends to limit or prohibit the 787 from flying during the review.

    Boeing executive Ray Conner said the company has "complete confidence" in the 787. 

    The review comes after two more problems with Boeing 787 Dreamliner plans were reported on Friday morning.

    An All Nippon Airlines flight from Tokyo to western Japan developed a crack in the cockpit window mid-flight.

    The same airline also reports that a second plane was forced to land in southern Japan when they discovered an oil leak.

    Both planes are Boeing 787 Dreamliners and both landed safely.

    Earlier this week, two separate Dreamliners belonging to Japan Airlines had incidents at Logan International Airport.

    On Monday, a battery fire caused damage to an empty plane. The next day, a loose cap led to 40 gallons of oil being spilled onto the runway.

    The first 787 Boeing was delivered in late 2011. In November 2010, a test flight had to make an emergency landing after an in-flight electrical fire. The fire delayed flight tests for several weeks while Boeing investigated.

    Last month, a United Airlines 787 flying from Houston to Newark, N.J., diverted to New Orleans because of a mechanical issue. No one was injured.

    JAL began nonstop service between Boston and Tokyo's Narita Airport using the new Boeing 787 in April.

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