January 16th, 2013
06:16 PM ET

FAA grounds U.S.-registered Dreamliners over fire risk

U.S. regulators have ordered airlines to ground all U.S.-registered Boeing 787 Dreamliners until a fire risk linked to batteries aboard the jetliners is fixed.

The move comes on the day that two Japanese airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, grounded their fleets of the 787 Dreamliner. That move came after an ANA 787 made an emergency landing in Japan after a battery alarm signal activated on the plane.

United Airlines is the only U.S. carrier flying Dreamliners. They have six.

"Before further flight, operators of U.S.-registered, Boeing 787 aircraft must demonstrate to the Federal Aviation Administration that the batteries are safe and in compliance," the FAA said Wednesday evening.

The Dreamliner has been beset by a string of mechanical and other problems for months, including reports of an oil leak, a fuel leak, engine cracks and a damaged cockpit window. Also, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a January 7 battery fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston.

Dreamliner battery problems worry experts most

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  1. Frank

    This doesnt look good.

    January 16, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Boeing needs to do something fast and consider taking this seriously or it could affect other equipment. The engines leaking and cracking is not good for Boeing's reputation. The Dream liner could turn into a nightmare if not fixed!!!

      January 16, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • IvyLeagueMamaLlama

      Don't you love when plane manufacturers experiment with travelers' lives?

      January 16, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cpc65

    The Nightmareliner.

    January 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • cpc65

      Or BadDreamLiner

      January 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      I am just glad the FAA made a move to ground them before something bad happens.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. us_1776

    Thank you, FAA.

    The L-ion battery are known to be so energy dense that they can easily overheat and cause fires.

    It's happened in a number of laptops with L-ion batteries.

    Maybe we should just add a few pounds and go back to good ol' tried and true lead-acid batteries for aircraft.

    Much much safer.


    January 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JDK

    I guess the airliner isn't living up to its name...

    January 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BytemeAgain

    I've got one word for Boeing. DURACELL!

    January 16, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Phil


    January 16, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      United probably would of kept it flying if the FAA didn't step in! Now that is scary. We don't need to compromise safety ever!!!!

      January 16, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BytemeAgain

    They could use the slogan "Something Special In The Air", but that belongs to Amtrak.

    January 16, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pete c

    More likely, ProfitsFirstLiner

    January 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Right to bear Arms

    CNN's link doesn't work for their own story !! LOL

    January 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobby

    The NRA says, give every one a fire extinguisher.

    January 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alaina

      Lol! Seriously tho- glad they are grounded!

      January 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sj

    c'mon folks. this is a completely brand new design with so many technologically advanced features that were never used in aircrafts before. why don't you just give it sometime to fix those issues? this is nothing new when it comes to launching a brand new aircraft design.

    January 16, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Finally, an intelligent comment. The U.S. economy needs the airplane to succeed. The multiplier effect if it doesn't wold be disasterous.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • nxacex@yahoo.com

      I agree that new aircraft would have its own glitches but not at the expense of passengers. Boeing is better than that and I'm sure Beoing will take care of it promptly.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Farrok

    A Lemon, is a Lemon no matter what you say or call it.................

    January 16, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gurgyl

    Some sold to Air India too. Watch out law suits.

    January 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gopskeeters

    787's grounded...being manufactured in SC could be the main issue...

    January 16, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. aurelius

    It's about time!

    January 16, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
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