NBCNEWS.COM - The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday grounded all Boeing
787 planes operated by U.S. carriers until the aircraft, also known as
Dreamliners, are proven to be safe to fly.
United is the only U.S. carrier now operating 787s and has six of the innovative jets. The FAA's action follows a number of high-profile incidents with the new aircraft over the past week, including fuel leaks, a battery fire, a wiring problem and a brake computer glitch.
had two incidents involving batteries, involving charging circuits that
are under question that have resulted in one case in a fire, in one
case of smoke," said John Cox, NBC News aviation analyst.
statement, the FAA said it will issue an emergency airworthiness
directive to address a potential battery fire risk in the 787s. Before
further flight, the agency will require Boeing to demonstrate that the
batteries in the planes are safe.
United told NBC News in a statement that it will comply with the
airworthiness directive. "We will work closely with the FAA and Boeing
on the technical review as we work toward restoring 787 service." The
airline said it would begin accommodating customers on other aircraft.
Boeing told NBC News that it is cooperating with the FAA.
"We are confident the 787 is safe and we stand behind its overall integrity," said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney in a statement. "We will be taking every necessary step in the coming days to assure our customers and the traveling public of the 787's safety and to return the airplanes to service."
Wednesday, Japan's two leading airlines grounded their Boeing
787 fleets after one of the passenger jets made an emergency landing. The
moves will make Japan a test case for how Boeing customers respond to
safety concerns surrounding the Dreamliner 787, the pride of Boeing's
passenger jet fleet, airline industry watchers said.
Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) operate about half of the
50 new Dreamliners so far delivered by Boeing, and focus is firmly on
Japan and what steps Boeing takes there to allay safety concerns.
"The most number of 787s in service
are in Japan right now, therefore that is a big market for Boeing. A
lot of the existing Boeing customers will be looking to see what action
is taken in Japan in particular before they decide what action they are
going to take with their orders," said Siva Govindasamy, Asia managing
editor at Flightglobal, an industry news service.
can be pretty sure that 1-2 of those customers are already in talks with
Boeing to see what is going on and to rectify any issues before they
get their aircraft. That's going to be very crucial right now, so the
onus is on Boeing to take action," he said.
regulator said on Wednesday that it would decide whether or not to
ground the Dreamliner jets only after Boeing submitted its safety
report. State-owned Air India has six Dreamliners in its fleet.
Australian carrier Qantas said its orders for 15 Boeing Dreamliner
remain on track.
senior Boeing engineer said last week that the plane maker had
confidence in the Dreamliner despite recent mishaps that included a
industry watchers urged Boeing to take no risks with the Dreamliner and
to take more steps straight away to assuage the safety concerns.
problem (with the Dreamliner) looks to be systemic, it looks to be
recurring. In that respect, my view is ….that they should consider
grounding the entire Dreamliner fleet, not only limited to Japan but
globally," Jonathan Galaviz, managing director & chief economist at
Galaviz & Company told CNBC'S "Capital Connection."
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PRIEST LAKE, Idaho - 61 cottages sites on Priest Lake were auctioned off in Coeur d'Alene on Thursday. >>
PRIEST LAKE, Idaho - 61 cottages sites on Priest Lake were auctioned off in Coeur d'Alene on Thursday. For years, those already living on the sites leased the land from the State of Idaho, but the State was looking to sell. Residents already living on the sites showed up on Thursday to buy them back, and many were successful.
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KHQ.COM - When Shanee Gibson Hart of Fort Lewis, Washington, shared the news about her pregnancy with her son, Tré, she thought he would be thrilled. Instead, his reaction was a little different than expected. "This is exasperating!" Tré exclaimed. "Why you want to get another baby?...That doesn't make no sense!">>
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PRIEST LAKE, Idaho - After years of obstacles for 61 Priest Lake lot lessees, the end comes on Thursday, August 28th. >>
PRIEST LAKE, Idaho - After years of obstacles for 61 Priest Lake lot lessees, the end comes on Thursday, August 28th. People who have been leasing land from the state, some more than 40 years, will find out if they get to keep their property in an auction.Back in 2010, the State of Idaho decided to divest more than 300 lake lots on Priest Lake. >>