The 787 Dreamliner, beset with problems since Chicago-based Boeing first rolled
it down the runway, could return to service soon.
The Federal Aviation Administration Friday was expected to approve Boeing's plans to fix the batteries on the 787, The New York Times reported.
The planes were grounded after two incidents in January in which the new batteries caught fire or emitted smoke.
People briefed on the matter said FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood were satisfied that the changes Boeing proposed would virtually eliminate concerns that the lithium-ion batteries could burst into smoke or fire.
The approval could mean the planes may begin flying again in May after they are refitted with more insulation between the battery cells and a new system for venting smoke or hazardous gases, the Times said.
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