FAA says Boeing 787's design, manufacture safe

FAA says Boeing 787's design, manufacture safe

Charleston, SC (AP) - Federal aviation officials say Boeing's design and manufacture of its cutting-edge 787 jetliner is safe despite the many plane's many problems since its rollout.

A report issued jointly by the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing on Wednesday says the plane was soundly designed, and that the government had effective processes in place to identify and correct issues that emerged before and after certification. The report makes seven recommendations for further improvements by Boeing and FAA.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta asked for the review in January 2013 after a lithium battery fire on a 787 parked at Logan International Airport in Boston.

The FAA was criticized at the time for relying too heavily on designated Boeing employees to ensure the safety of the plane's design and manufacture.

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