FAA Grounds Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Dreamliner flight from Chicago to Poland canceled

CHICAGO (AP) -- Passengers say their international flight aboard a Polish airline's Boeing Dreamliner 787 was cancelled shortly after the Federal Aviation Administration grounded the aircraft in the U.S.

   Citing the FAA's decision, LOT Polish Airlines cancelled a ceremony Wednesday night to mark the plane's landing in Chicago from Warsaw.

   The company initially said the return flight to Warsaw later Wednesday was still planned. But several passengers who showed up at O'Hare International Airport for that flight say they were told it had been cancelled and were being rerouted.

   An airline spokesman didn't immediately return an email seeking comment.

   The FAA is blocking U.S. carriers from flying Boeing's newest airliner until the risk of battery fires is addressed.

   The ceremony was to mark the launch of Dreamliner service between Chicago and Warsaw.


 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal officials say they are temporarily grounding Boeing's 787 Dreamliners until the risk of possible battery fires is addressed.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it will issue an emergency safety order requiring U.S. airlines to temporarily cease operating the 787, Boeing's newest and most technologically advanced plane.

The agency said it will work with Boeing and U.S. air carriers to develop a plan allowing 787s to "resume operations as quickly and safely as possible." United Airlines is the only U.S. carrier with 787s. It has six.

Only days ago, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood declared the plane safe.

But after an emergency landing in Japan early Wednesday, two Japanese airlines voluntarily grounded their 787s.

The FFA order applies only to U.S. carriers, but aviation authorities in other countries usually follow the lead of the country where the manufacturer is based. Fifty Dreamliners have been delivered in the U.S. and around the world.


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