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Regulators Around the Globe Ground Boeing 787s – NYTimes.com

January 17, 2013

Regulators Around the Globe Ground Boeing 787s - NYTimes.com

Regulators around the globe on Thursday ordered the grounding of Boeing 787s until they could determine what caused a new type of battery to fail on two planes in recent days, resulting in an emergency landing Wednesday and a fire last week.

The directives in Europe, India and Japan followed an order Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration grounding planes operated by American carriers. The decisions are a result of incidents involving a 787 that was parked in Boston on Jan. 7 and another in Japan that had to make an emergency landing Wednesday morning after an alarm warning of smoke in the cockpit. In Japan on Thursday, the Transportation Ministry issued a formal order to ground all 787s until concerns over the aircraft’s battery systems are resolved. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines on Wednesday had voluntarily grounded their 787s, leading to more than two dozen canceled flights. European safety regulators also said they would ground Dreamliners, which would affect LOT of Poland, the only carrier that operates the jets in that region. A spokesman for the European Aviation Safety Agency, based in Cologne, said that it was prepared to provide some of its own experts to support the Federal Aviation Administration’s investigation but that no such assistance had been requested yet. In India, the aviation regulator grounded all six of the 787s operated by the state-owned carrier Air India. LAN Airlines of Chile said it was following suit, acting in coordination with the Chilean Aeronautical Authority. And on Thursday, Qatar Airways said it would follow the F.A.A.’s decision and immediately ground its five 787s. The F.A.A.’s emergency directive, issued Wednesday night, initially applied to United Airlines, the only American carrier using the new plane so far, with six 787s.

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