US OKs Dreamliner Battery Fix
But no word on when 787s could be flying again
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 13, 2013 12:03 AM CDT
An All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" parks on the tarmac at Haneda airport in Tokyo.    (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

(Newser) – A Boeing plan to redesign the 787 Dreamliner's fire-plagued lithium-ion batteries has won approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, although officials gave no estimate for when the planes would be allowed to fly passengers again. The 787 fleet worldwide has been grounded by the FAA and civil aviation authorities in other countries since January, when a battery fire on a Dreamliner parked in Boston was followed by an emergency landing of another 787 in Japan.

Before the FAA will let the 787 resume flights, its redesigned battery will have to pass 20 separate lab tests, followed by flight tests. "This comprehensive series of tests will show us whether the proposed battery improvements will work as designed," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. "We won't allow the plane to return to service unless we're satisfied that the new design ensures the safety of the aircraft and its passengers."

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Imhotep
Apr 7, 2013 8:58 AM CDT
Wonder if they'll keep that number blazoned on the fuselage. Look it's the 787, the airplane that might crash.
bewilderbeast
Mar 23, 2013 3:26 PM CDT
"A Boeing plan to redesign the 787 Dreamliner's fire-plagued lithium-ion batteries has won approval from the Federal Aviation Administration". Nothing new here. Boeing's plan NOT to test the batteries initially ALSO won approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA just nods them yes no matter what the details.
bowtiejack
Mar 13, 2013 2:13 PM CDT
"Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. "We won't allow the plane to return to service unless we're satisfied that the new design ensures the safety of the aircraft and its passengers."" Why is the government interfering with the job creators? Can't the free market solve this problem like it's doing with global warming. You know, by letting us die to maintain profits?