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Boeing 787 Engines’ Ice Risk Spurs FAA to Warn Airlines

U.S. regulators are poised to order airlines to avoid flying Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliners and 747-8 jumbo jets with General Electric Co. engines near thunderstorms after some of the planes experienced ice buildup.

A directive due this week is an “interim action” to ensure pilots fly clear of icing conditions that could reduce thrust from GEnx engines, the Federal Aviation Administration said yesterday. The U.S. move follows Japan Airlines Co.’s decision to shift to other jets from 787s on some Asia routes.