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Japan conducts 1st Dreamliner test flight since battery fire

AP  Tokyo , April 28, 2013
First Published: 12:50 IST(28/4/2013) | Last Updated: 13:38 IST(28/4/2013)

Japan's All Nippon Airways has successfully conducted its first test flight of the Boeing 787 aircraft since battery problems grounded the planes earlier this year.

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Ray Conner, president of Boeing's consumer airline division, and ANA President Shinichiro Ito were aboard the flight on Sunday.

The aircraft safely completed a two-hour flight before returning to Tokyo's Haneda Airport.

Batteries aboard two 787s failed less than two weeks apart in January, causing a fire aboard one plane and smoke in another. The root cause of those problems is still unknown.

Boeing has since developed and tested a revamped version of the battery system, with changes designed to prevent and contain a fire.

Japan's transport ministry approved Boeing's modifications Friday following similar steps by the US Federal Aviation Administration.


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