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FAA Administrator: We believe this is a safe aircraft

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By Ava Wilhite
awilhite@abcnews4.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- "We believe this is a safe air craft," said Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta.

The Federal Aviation Administration is announcing a review of the Boeing 787's after a plane in Boston caught on fire and then a second plane leaked a fuel.

"This review will cover the critical systems of the aircraft, including design, manufacturing and assembly. Through it we will look for the root causes of recent events," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The planes were manufactured at Boeing headquarters in Everett, Washington. Boeing president Ray Conner says they will not focus on outsourced plane parts as a potential cause of the problems.

"It's not an issue of outsourcing. We have complete confidence in our production system and our production plans and the manufacturing process that goes along with them, as well as the design, and we continue to be confident in that," said Conner. 

The FAA says it does not know how long it will take the team of experts to collect data needed to fix the problem. Boeing representatives say fixing mechanical issues on new plane models is not unusual.

"To have a number of incidents and things going wrong with the plane, it's actually pretty typical," said aviation attorney Mary Schiavo.

Schiavo said the same thing happened with the Boeing 777s in the 90s and said the investigation into the current planes needed to start before anything else happened.

"So the newer the model after the bugs are worked out, the better safety records you tend to have," said Schiavo.

 

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