EASA endorses FAA decision to ground all 787 Dreamliners

17th January 2013, Comments 0 comments

The European Aviation Safety Agency said Thursday it has adopted a directive by the US Federal Aviation Administration to ground all Boeing 787 Dreamliners pending a safety review.

"EASA is working closely with the FAA as the primary certification authority and Boeing," a spokesman told AFP in an emailed response.

"EASA has this morning adopted the FAA Airworthiness Directive in order to ensure the continuing airworthiness of the European fleet -- currently two Boeing 787s operated by LOT Polish Airlines," the spokesman said.

The EASA "continues to carefully monitor the situation and is prepared to provide any support the FAA may require in their investigation."

On Wednesday, the FAA grounded all US-registered Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to address a possible battery fire risk.

And it said it would alert the international aviation community to the action so other civil aviation authorities "can take parallel action to cover the fleets operating in their own countries."

The warning was prompted by a battery incident during an All Nippon Airways flight that resulted in an emergency landing in Japan Wednesday, following a January 7 battery incident on an ANA 787 that occurred on the ground in Boston.

© 2013 AFP

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