(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the FAA and received via electronic mail. The release
was confirmed by the sender.) 
FAA Will Review Boeing 787 Design and Production 
January 11, 2013 
WASHINGTON - In light of a series of recent events, the FAA will
conduct a comprehensive review of the Boeing 787 critical
systems, including the design, manufacture and assembly. The
purpose of the review is to validate the work conducted during
the certification process and further ensure that the aircraft
meets the FAA’s high level of safety. 
“The safety of the traveling public is our top priority,” said
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  “This review will
help us look at the root causes and do everything we can to
safeguard against similar events in the future.” 
A team of FAA and Boeing engineers and inspectors will conduct
this joint review, with an emphasis on the aircraft’s electrical
power and distribution system. The review will also examine how
the electrical and mechanical systems interact with each other. 
“We are confident that the aircraft is safe.  But we need to
have a complete understanding of what is happening,” said FAA
Administrator Michael P. Huerta. “We are conducting the review
to further ensure that the aircraft meets our high safety
The review will be structured to provide a broader view of
design, manufacturing and assembly and will not focus
exclusively on individual events.  The review is expected to
begin in Seattle, but may expand to other locations over the
course of several months. 
FAA technical experts logged 200,000 hours of work during the
787 type certification and flew on numerous test flights. The
FAA reviews 787 in-service events as part of our continued
operational safety process. 
United Airlines is currently the only U.S. airline operating the
787, with six airplanes in service. The worldwide in-service
fleet includes 50 aircraft. 
Laura J. Brown or Brie N. Sachse
Phone: 202-267-3883 
(bjh) NY 
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