The Boeing 787 Dreamliner could remain grounded for weeks, according to a high ranking official, given the investigation into technical problems that have begun and could take time in resolving.
Federal investigators are still early in their probe of a Dreamliner battery fire in Boston on Jan. 7, National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said Thursday.
“We are early in our investigation. We have a lot of activity to undertake,” Hersman said, suggesting that an upcoming test on the battery alone takes a week to perform. “There is a lot more work to be done before we can identify what caused this event.”
“I have no doubt customers will flock back to the airplane once we get it back up again,” United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek said Thursday.
United is the first U.S. carrier to take delivery of a Dreamliner aircraft. All of the six Dreamliners United remain grounded.
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