FAA head says 787 Dreamliners are safe

11:20 AM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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Delivery of first 787 to Japan Airlines March 26, 2012 at the Paine Field in Everett, Washington. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

(USA Today) -- Update 1/11/13 @10am

The head of Federal Aviation Administration says he's confident the Boeing 787 is safe, but he remains concerned about recent incidents, including a fire and a fuel leak earlier this week.

Michael Huerta, the FAA administrator, said at a news conference Friday that there is nothing in the data the agency has seen to suggest the plane isn't safe.

FAA also announced it is undertaking a comprehensive review of the 787s critical systems, including design, manufacture and assembly.

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Two more Boeing 787 Dreamliners faced problems Friday morning, just hours before the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration was scheduled to announce its findings of a review of the new aircraft.

An All Nippon Airways aircraft suffered a crack to its windscreen during a flight in Japan and an oil leak was found coming from the engine of a separate plane after it landed at an airport in southern Japan, Reuters reporting.

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In the first incident, according to Reuters, a crack was discovered in the window area in front of the pilot's seat an hour into the flight. The plane landed safely at an airport in Western Japan.

The oil leak found in the second 787 Dreamliner was discovered after that aircraft landed at Miyazaki airport, in the south, Reuters reports.

There have been five incidents involving problems with the Dreamliner this week, including two in the USA.

The FAA announced that U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, and Boeing President Ray Conner will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. in Washington "to discuss a comprehensive review of Boeing 787 critical systems, including the design, manufacture and assembly."

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