Recommendation on Boeing 787s expected next week

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the Federal Aviation Administration says he expects a recommendation from his staff next week on whether to accept Boeing's plan to fix its troubled 787 Dreamliners so that the planes can resume flying.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said agency officials are reviewing a Boeing proposal to revamp the 787's lithium ion batteries to prevent the batteries from catching fire, or to protect the plane should a fire occur.

He declined to say when he might make a final decision on the plan, once he receives the recommendation.

Calling the proposal "comprehensive," Huerta said it addresses several potential causes of a battery fire in a 787 parked in Boston and a smoking battery in another 787 that caused the planes to be grounded last month.

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