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US approves resumption of Boeing 787 flights

PTI Washington | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on April 20, 2013

Federal officials have accepted Boeing’s revamped battery system for its beleaguered 787 Dreamliners and intend to lift a three-month-old order grounding the planes.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement today that it will next week send airlines instructions and publish a notice lifting the grounding order. The lifting of the grounding order will be effective the day the notice is published.

Lifting the grounding order gives Boeing the go-ahead to begin retrofitting planes with an enhanced lithium ion battery system. The root cause of battery failures that led to a fire on one of the planes and smoke on another remains unknown.

Flights could resume within a week.

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Published on April 20, 2013
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