Boeing 787 Dreamliner Planes Grounded by FAA

Jim Avila reports on the FAA's announcement to ground new plane model.
1:24 | 01/16/13

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Transcript for Boeing 787 Dreamliner Planes Grounded by FAA
And now, we have breaking news from the faa tonight. The faa suddenly announced they are grounding the dreamliner. That new plane that ran into trouble. Six of the planes are flying for united airlines here in the u.S. And for the latest on what's happened, abc senior national correspondent jim avila joins me. Jim? Reporter: Diane, this is a huge blow to boeing. This is the faa telling united it cannot fly the dreamliner starting right now. It is grounded until it can prove to the federal government that the airline has fixed the problem with the battery that continues to overheat. United is the only u.S. Carrier flying the 787 so far. The plane of the fut is expected to dominate american skies soon. But right now, as you say, only six are flying. There are 50 total flying in the world. Most of them in japan. And japanese authorities GROUNDED ALL OF THEIR 787s Overnight after a battery warning light and the smell of smoke forced an emergency landing there. Panicked passengers were evacuated on the emergency chutes. Three people suffered minor s injuries but the most damage has been done to the reputation of america's largest plane manufacturer. Inspectors seem to say these weren't real safety issues. Are we now saying safety issues? Reporter: It has to be, for the faa to ground it. They are worried they don't have a handle on that battery fire. And until they do, and there was a fire, possibly a fire in the air over japan, they don't want these planes flying until they fix it.

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