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Boeing Dreamliner under review

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Boeing 787's (Dreamliners) are under review after being plagued with issues all week long. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing are conducting a joint investigation. They will evaluate design, production and building of the airplane. The electrical system is their top concern.

Michael Huerta FAA Administrator said, "Our focus is on what the data tells us and what we identify as potential issues and based on what we learn, we will take whatever appropriate actions necessary."

The Dreamliner is the newest and most advanced plane built by Boeing. It goes through rigorous inspection before certification. Ray Conner, Vice President of Boeing doesn't think the production schedule is too fast for plants to handle.

"Airplanes in Everett and in Charleston and everything have checked out fine," Conner said. "The airplanes are rolling out very clean and I don't think any of these issues have anything to do with the production line."
 
The spokesperson at the Boeing plant in North Charleston would not comment on whether production here would be directly affected. The company released a public statement on it's website.

A section of it states, "While the 787's reliability is on par with the best in class, we have experienced in-service issues in recent months and we are never satisfied while there is room for improvement."

Michael Huerta FAA Administrator said, "Nothing we have seen would indicate this airplane is not safe."

The incidents this week started Monday, January 7th and involved 5 different 787's. Boeing said the events are unrelated. The issues include two fuel leaks and a brake malfunction followed by a cracked windscreen and an oil leak on Friday.

Conner said, "Once the incidents have happened, the airplanes have performed exactly as designed. The redundancies that we have put into this machine are phenomenal."

None of the planes with issues were built in North Charleston. Last year during a pre flight test an engine of a 787 caught fire on runway at the Charleston International Airport. That incident is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

All planes will still fly while under review.

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