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Lipin & Meacham / Dreamliner


Q&A Lipin & Meacham / Dreamliner / This week, aviation authorities around the world grounded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jet following a safety warning issued by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. Airlines in Chile, India and Europe are the latest to stop flying the jet, which already has been grounded in the U.S. and Japan. The FAA, which sets the standard for global aviation regulators, warned that the next generation plane should not fly until the risk of battery fires is addressed. The move came after one of the twin-engine, wide-bodied planes was forced to make an emergency landing in Japan when a cockpit warning indicated a battery malfunction and passengers smelled something burning. Michael Meacham is the senior edtior at Aviation Weekly and Space Technology. He tells VOA's Michael Lipin what kind of impact this will have on the future of the Dreamliner.

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