Posted by: youngragingbull | January 17, 2013

Boeing 787s grounded by FAA over safety concerns

The Federal Aviation Administration said late Wednesday it was grounding all U.S.-registered Boeing Co.-made 787 Dreamliners pending checks on whether the jets’ batteries are safe.

“As a result of an in-flight, Boeing 787 battery incident earlier today in Japan, the FAA will issue an emergency airworthiness directive to address a potential battery fire risk in the 787 and require operators to temporarily cease operations,” the agency said in a statement.

United Continental Holdings Inc’s United Airlines is the only U.S. carrier with 787s currently in its fleet, with six of the new planes, the FAA said.

Boeing shares fell 2% in after-hours trading.

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