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Fri Nov 21 18:33:41 SAST 2014

Boeing asks permission to conduct 787 test flights

Sapa-AP | 05 February, 2013 15:38
The burnt auxiliary power unit battery, removed from an All Nippon Airways' (ANA) Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner plane which made an emergency landing on January 16, 2013 in Takamatsu, is inspected by the manufacturer at the headquarters of GS Yuasa Corp in Kyoto, western Japan, in this handout photo taken on January 26, 2013.
Image by: HANDOUT / REUTERS

US regulators say they are evaluating a Boeing request to conduct test flights of its 787 Dreamliners, which were grounded nearly three weeks ago after a battery fire in one plane and smoke in another.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the request, but officials declined to elaborate.

Boeing officials didn't immediately reply to a request for comment. Boeing's request to the FAA was first reported by The Seattle Times.

A lithium ion battery in a Japan Airlines 787 caught fire on Jan. 7 while the plane was parked at Logan International Airport in Boston. Nine days later battery problems forced an emergency landing by an All Nippon Airways 787 in Japan.

All 50 of the planes are grounded worldwide while investigations continue in the U.S. and Japan.

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