BOSTON (CBS) – The FAA is grounding all U.S.-registered Boeing 787 aircraft until they demonstrate batteries are safe and in compliance.
This affects only United Airlines, which has six 787s in service.
The FAA released a statement saying:
?As a result of an in-flight, Boeing 787 battery incident earlier today in Japan, the FAA will issue an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) to address a potential battery fire risk in the 787 and require operators to temporarily cease operations. Before further flight, operators of U.S.-registered, Boeing 787 aircraft must demonstrate to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that the batteries are safe and in compliance.?
During the latest emergency in Japan, alarms on the plane indicated smoke on board. The plane landed and passengers evacuated using inflatable chutes.
The incident in Japan followed an earlier battery incident in Boston on January 7.
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