LaHood maintains 787 airplane is safe, despite FAA review


This week, an electrical fire broke out in a battery on one 787 aircraft. Another 787 developed a fuel leak, and the computers on a third plane wrongly indicated there was a problem with the brakes. No one was injured in any of the incidents.

Additionally, on Friday, the cockpit windshield of a 787 plane cracked as it was leaving Tokyo. The plane landed safely.

LaHood acknowledged the incidents were concerning, but maintained that the 787 is a safe airplane.

"We're concerned about recent events with the 787; that's why today we're announcing a comprehensive review of the design and production of the [airplane]," LaHood said.

"Throughout the development of the 787, the FAA logged 200,000 hours on the certification of the aircraft to ensure it our high level of safety," he quickly added.

Boeing Vice President Ray Conner joined LaHood at his news conference, adding that the 787 went through "the most robust and rigorous certification process in the history of commercial aviation."

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