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787 Return to Flight Still Long Way Off

787 Return to Flight Still Long Way Off

Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta said Wednesday that Boeing won’t get its 787 Dreamliners back in passenger service without extensive testing and recertification of its proposed fix for the jet’s lithium ion battery problem.

In testimony before a Congressional subcommittee, Huerta said he expects a report back from his technical staff next week that will offer an assessment of the fix that Boeing formally proposed last Friday. But he said that FAA approval for Boeing to develop its fix will only be the beginning of the process.

“Once we approve the plan, then we have to go through the process of actually implementing the plan, which will involve a great deal of testing, a great deal of further analysis and re-engineering before these planes are back in the air,” Huerta said.

For the complete story by Dominic Gates of the Seattle Times, click here.

Updated: February 27, 2013 — 6:59 PM

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