FAA approves 'ferry flight' for grounded 787

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Boeing officials say they will conduct a "ferry flight" of one of their 787s on Thursday after receiving permission from the United States Federal Aviation Administration.

According to Boeing spokesperson Candy Eslinger, the flight is planned for an unspecified time on Thursday.

The ferry airplane, Line 43, has been in Texas for painting as part of Boeing's production process and will be returning to Everett, Washington, following the flight, Eslinger added.

Boeing requested permission to perform the flight on Wednesday.

A lithium ion battery in a Japan Airlines 787 caught fire on Jan. 7 while the plane was parked at Logan International Airport in Boston. Nine days later battery problems forced an emergency landing by an All Nippon Airways 787 in Japan.

All 50 of the planes are grounded worldwide while investigations continue in the U.S. and Japan.

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