Boeing: 787 test flight 'uneventful'
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been plagued by problems with lithium-ion batteries.
April 5th, 2013
05:15 PM ET

Boeing: 787 test flight 'uneventful'

A flight labeled the "final" certification test of an improved battery system for the grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliner was "straightforward" and "uneventful," the airplane maker said Friday.

The test was an important one for Boeing, which has billions of dollars riding on the success of the new airliner. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and similar regulators worldwide grounded the Dreamliner in January after two battery-related fires damaged 787s in Boston and Japan. No one was hurt in the fires.

In March the FAA approved a Boeing certification plan to fix the 787's problematic lithium-ion battery system and prove the new design is safe. Friday's nearly two-hour flight was the final certification test of that plan.


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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    What do they mean "grounded". Do they drive a 8' ground stake into the earth and run the planes grounding system off a 400 mile extension cord? Why this is preposturous. Unmitigated gall.

    April 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      They mean "grounded" as in "not allowed to fly". Don't know much about electricity or airplanes do you? The electrical system of EVERY airplane is electrically grounded to the structure of the airplane.

      April 7, 2013 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Almost every flight is "uneventful."
    Only the events cause concern.

    April 6, 2013 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    It is said, while tests were going on, the crew swayed to the following tune of Jimi Hendrix

    Hey Joe, where you goin' with that gun of your hand
    Hey Joe, I said where you goin' with that gun in your hand, oh
    I'm goin' down to shoot my old lady

    April 6, 2013 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    I would prefer for aircraft operators to find "safety of flight" anomalies while the airplane is on the ground, than when flying at 30,000ft over the Pacific

    April 6, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nacho Cheese Dip On A Friday Night In 1989

    Is this news? Who can afford to fly anyway?

    April 6, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ Nacho...:
      People who have to travel for their income have to fly all the time. They don't have time to drive or take a bus between the Atlantic and the Pacific.

      April 7, 2013 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |