Dreamliner safe to fly, officials say
January 11th, 2013
11:16 AM ET

Dreamliner safe to fly, officials say

[Updated at 11:13 a.m. ET] The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is safe to fly, according to U.S. aviation, transportation and industry officials. "We are confident about the safety of this aircraft, but we're concerned about these incidents," said Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator at a news conference this morning in Washington. He said a probe would focus on the aircraft's electrical components and how the electrical system interacts with mechanical components.

[Initial post at 8:05 a.m. ET] Federal regulators will announce Friday that they plan to carry out a "comprehensive review of Boeing 787 critical systems, including the design, manufacture and assembly."

The announcement follows a week of problems for the state-of-the-art airliner and is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. ET at a news conference with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President Ray Conner.

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  1. Portland tony

    Yeah, we're from the government and we're gonna redesign your airplane. Now I feel safe?

    January 11, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • dreamer96

      Portland Tony

      You as a mere member of the general public, have absolutely no idea how much our Nations Top Labs help our large corporations all the time...And then those Corporations run their TV ads and claim all the credit....and rights...

      January 13, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chinaman

    The Chinese government has their heart (and enourmous financial power) set-on Boeing just like they had it set on Kellog Brown&Root, once the world's premier builders of nuclear powerplants. Brown&Root is a debris removal service now. Wonder what Boeing will be.

    January 11, 2013 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Boeing is too involved in US defense industry to worry about a foreign takeover. Besides China has COMAC which is currently developing their own indigenous medium sized C919 (737 class) aircraft.

      January 11, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • dreamer96

      Portland Tony

      Remember the Soviet Union built two versions of the British supersonic passenger jet the Concorde and called them the TU-144, and TU-104...one crashed at a airshow..the other I do not believe ever flew....

      January 13, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Boeing Baby Strollers

    :). Also, the near future Wal-Mart has near-zero employees.

    January 11, 2013 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hide Behind

    China already builds large part of Boeing planes; wings tails assemblys etc amd quite a bit of minor parts as well that are then assembled in Seattle.
    China recently showed its newest large cooperative designed but fully made in China large military cargo plane.

    January 11, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    Hello Hide Behind, true. I bought my grandchild one present for christmas this year. Made in america products hard to find at a Walmart price. I do not shop at Walmart.

    January 11, 2013 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    Hi Hide Behind. they will not post my reply to you.

    January 11, 2013 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @Tony. Brown&Root had been HEAVILY involved with the US government for many decades. That didn't stop China from taking Brown&Roots's business away. What makes you think Boeing is untouchable? Uncle Sam would hock Boeing to China in a heartbeat of it meant keeping the debt train rolling.

    January 11, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      The comments concerned the divison that did the construction of nuclear power plants..Not too many being built these days. By the way Kellogg, Brown and Root is now known as KBR based in Houston Texas and doing quite well..

      January 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    What next @Tony? Yer gonna say that the USA is the richest nation on eath? LMAO

    January 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Please define rich .....GDP per capita ain't that bad ranking about 14th world wide behind countries like Liechtenstein, Quatar, Jersy and the Falkland Islands!

      January 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Howash. KBR sold their Brown&Root nuclear poserplant construction division to a garbage collecting corporation based in Billingham Alabama several years ago. China builds prefabricated nuclear powerplants, B&R collects trash.

    January 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Brown&Root built all sorts of things for the US government, inclusing roads, bridges, and dams. But when they could no longer comoete with China building nuclear powerplants, Brown&Root was sold just as i described.
    Wake-up America. We simply cannot compete with China any longer. Nor India, now that ENRON supplies millions of their well educatted citizens with electricity for the first time ever.

    January 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    If in your view KBR is doing "quite well", how do you describe how China is doing? Amazing? Fantastic? Incredible?

    January 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      KBR is a company ...China is a country of over 1.5 Billion people. Jeez

      January 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    China's greatest advantage over America is the fact that in China, if you are convicted of defrauding the Chinese people, you can be sentenced to death.
    Nobody knows exactly how many fraudulent citizens China executes each year, but most agree it's about 1,200. (about as many fraud cases are heard daily in US courts)

    January 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    There are more drunk drivers in Cuba than there are fraudulent citizens in China. And in Cuba, if you are convicted of a DUI, neither you nor your sons nor your son's sons are EVER allowed to have a drivers license.

    January 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    For example, if CIA agents wearing Homeland Security uniforms were to round-up fraudulent citizens and throw them into Homeland Security prisons, America's economy would rebound sharply.

    January 11, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    ..also, if unmanned drones began assassinating more than the well-known suspects of other nations (like, for example, doing the same thing here in the USA), America's street gang problem would go away.

    January 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Don't you realize that drones kill many innocent people also? What is wrong withyou? If they can zero in on the exact locations of suspected criminals, they can go arrest them. You seem violent.

      January 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
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