Reuters - Video

EDITION: U.S. | U.K. | IN

Top News

U.S. in Dreamliner probe

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 02:04

Jan. 11 - The Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration stand behind the safety of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in a press conference, but the U.S. government is concerned and will launch a comprehensive review of the plane after a growing list of incidents, the latest being a cracked cockpit window and oil leak on two separate flights. Conway G. Gittens reports.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

The Boeing Dreamliner 787 gets a vote of confidence from the U.S government - with a caveat. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he would still board a 787, but: SOUNDBITE: U.S. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY RAY LAHOOD (ENGLISH) SAYING: "We are concerned about recent events involving Boeing 787. That's why today we are announcing that we are conducting a comprehensive review of the design and production of the Boeing 787." The latest safety events are a cracked cockpit window on Friday and oil leaking from a different plane. And that follows separate plane with brake problems, oil leaks, and a fire - all in one week. Ray Conner, chief of Boeing's Commercial airplane division, says the plane maker is taking these incidents seriously. SOUNDBITE: RAY CONNER, CEO, BOEING COMMERCIAL AIRPLANE DIVISION (ENGLISH) SAYING: "We welcome any opportunity to further assure people outside of the industry about the integrity of the airplane and the processes that bring them to life but it's important to emphasize every new commercial airplane has issues as they enter service and none of these in service issues have ever seen thus far alters our confidence in the 787. We are fully committed to resolving any issue that affects the reliability of our airplanes." But assurances are not enough, so the Federal Aviation Administration is ordering a comprehensive review, says administrator Michael Huerta. SOUNDBITE: MICHAEL HUERTA, ADMINISTRATOR, FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (ENGLISH) SAYING: "We are going to put an emphasis on the electrical systems of the airplane. What this included is components such as batteries and power distribution panels. We will also look at how the electrical and the mechanical systems of the airplane interact with one another." Boeing is under close scrutiny because the Dreamliner is the first passenger aircraft to use carbon-composite material. Airlines like it because it helps them cut fuel costs by 20 percent and even with this week's problems - most have voiced little if any concern.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

U.S. in Dreamliner probe

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 02:04

Editors' Picks »

Most Popular »

Business »

Moving Pictures »

Images of November Images of November

Tue, 02 Dec, 2014 - (0:30)

Images of October Images of October

Mon, 03 Nov, 2014 - (0:57)

The world in a city The world in a city

Fri, 31 Oct, 2014 - (1:30)

Dance of the northern lights Dance of the northern lights

Mon, 20 Oct, 2014 - (1:08)

Images of September Images of September

Thu, 02 Oct, 2014 - (1:00)

Still missing – MH370 Still missing – MH370

Fri, 05 Sep, 2014 - (2:05)

Burning Together Burning Together

Mon, 01 Sep, 2014 - (2:23)

Mending dolls, teddies and hearts Mending dolls, teddies and hearts

Fri, 22 Aug, 2014 - (3:12)

Images of August Images of August

Fri, 29 Aug, 2014 - (1:00)

"Old timers" sail the Chesapeake Bay "Old timers" sail the Chesapeake Bay

Mon, 11 Aug, 2014 - (2:27)

Oddly Enough »

Bad bear to attack Santa! Bad bear to attack Santa!

Thu, 18 Dec, 2014 - (0:42)

Navy unveils robot fish Navy unveils robot fish

Thu, 18 Dec, 2014 - (0:42)

French students dig WWI trench to relive warfare French students dig WWI trench to relive...

Wed, 17 Dec, 2014 - (1:16)

Santa abseils down Berlin high-rise Santa abseils down Berlin high-rise

Mon, 15 Dec, 2014 - (1:06)

The Christmas spirit heads underwater The Christmas spirit heads underwater

Thu, 11 Dec, 2014 - (1:01)

Dateline Asia »

North Korea to blame for Sony hack: source North Korea to blame for Sony hack: source

Thu, 18 Dec, 2014 - (1:10)

China's child labor problem China's child labor problem

Thu, 18 Dec, 2014 - (2:19)

Uber shifts gears with Baidu tieup Uber shifts gears with Baidu tieup

Thu, 18 Dec, 2014 - (1:10)

Measuring up North Korea's heir Measuring up North Korea's heir

Wed, 17 Dec, 2014 - (1:03)

Seoul raises the "nut rage" stakes Seoul raises the "nut rage" stakes

Tue, 16 Dec, 2014 - (1:03)

Sydney in shock after hostage horror Sydney in shock after hostage horror

Tue, 16 Dec, 2014 - (1:07)

Not all merry and bright in China's manufacturing sector Not all merry and bright in China's...

Tue, 16 Dec, 2014 - (1:29)

Beneath the surface of Abe's big win Beneath the surface of Abe's big win

Mon, 15 Dec, 2014 - (1:15)

Some hostages escape from Sydney cafe Some hostages escape from Sydney cafe

Mon, 15 Dec, 2014 - (1:06)

Reuters Investigates »

Where the sea is closing in Where the sea is closing in

Thu, 20 Nov, 2014 - (3:41)

Re-homing victim: "I could have been dead" Re-homing victim: "I could have been dead"

Wed, 19 Feb, 2014 - (8:24)

Cops and loggers in the Amazon rainforest Cops and loggers in the Amazon rainforest

Fri, 10 Jan, 2014 - (4:01)

"Passed around like a dog" "Passed around like a dog"

Thu, 29 Aug, 2013 - (6:32)

Adopted, then abandoned online Adopted, then abandoned online

Thu, 29 Aug, 2013 - (13:22)

How the DEA keeps its secrets secret How the DEA keeps its secrets secret

Mon, 05 Aug, 2013 - (1:36)