2/11/2013
Boeing has taken its first test flight of its 787 Dreamliner since problems with lithium-ion batteries aboard two planes grounded the worldwide fleet nearly a month ago. Boeing said the plane flew for two hours and 19 minutes on Saturday, while a crew of 13 people monitored the main and auxiliary batteries on the plane. The crew reported the flight as uneventful. The FAA and other regulators worldwide grounded the fleet of 50 planes on 16 Jan. after battery problems aboard two planes. Since then, the FAA allowed Boeing a one-time "ferry flight," which happened Thursday, to move a 787 from a painting facility in Texas to Washington. Later Thursday, the FAA authorized Boeing to conduct test flights. More test flights are planned this week. (Image Credit: NASA)
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