WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Wednesday that it will temporarily ground Boeing 787s after incidents involving lithium ion battery failures.
The FAA said that U.S. airlines will have to demonstrate that the lithium ion batteries of their fleet of Boeing 787s, the newest commercial airliner nicknamed Dreamliner, are safety before further flight.
"As a result of an in-flight Boeing 787 battery incident earlier today in Japan, the FAA will issue an emergency airworthiness directive to address a potential battery fire risk in the 787 and require operators to temporarily cease operations," the FAA said in a statement.
The move was taken after a second incident earlier Wednesday, in which a battery failure caused one of All Nippon Airways' Dreamliner passenger jets, flying from Yamaguchi Ube airport in western Japan to Tokyo, to make an emergency landing.
The FAA said that it will work with the Boeing Co. and U.S. airlines "to develop a corrective action plan to allow the U.S. 787 fleet to resume operations as quickly and safely as possible."
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