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Investigation into Boeing's Dreamliner Shifts to Monitoring System

Duncan Chard/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TOKYO) -- The investigation into Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is now shifting from the battery maker to the company that manufactures its monitoring system.

On Monday, Japan's Transport Ministry said its inspectors and the Federal Aviation Administration found no problems with production at GS Yuasa.  The company's lithium-ion batteries have been at the center of an investigation into one of Boeing's grounded Dreamliners, until now.

Now, inspectors are checking the system that monitors the battery's voltage and temperature.

Thousands of Dreamliners remain grounded indefinitely.

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FAA, Boeing and NTSB Reps in Japan for 787 Dreamliner Investigation

Duncan Chard/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and Boeing arrived in Japan on Friday to join the investigation into the 787 Dreamliner that made an emergency landing earlier this week.

The lithium-ion battery inside All Nippon Airline's Boeing Dreamliner leaked so much electrolyte, it weighed 10 pounds lighter than normal.  The casing, meanwhile, was so swollen, it expanded nearly an inch.

Now, Japan's Transport Safety Board says it's investigating why the battery overheated and burned, forcing the Dreamliner to make an emergency landing on Wednesday.  

Dozens of 787 planes and thousands of passengers remain grounded until their investigation is completed.

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Two Japanese Airlines Ground 787 Dreamliners After Latest Mishap

Matt Hosford/ABC News(TOKYO) -- Two Japanese airliners have grounded their Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes after a jet was forced to make an emergency landing on Wednesday, prompting more concerns as a recent string of mishaps continues to plague the new fleet.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) said a battery warning light and a burning smell were detected in the cockpit and the cabin, forcing the Dreamliner to land at Takamatsu Airport in Japan earlier Wednesday.

The domestic flight landed safely about 45 minutes after it took off and all 128 passengers and eight crew members had to evacuate using the emergency chutes.  Two people sustained minor injuries on their way down the chute, Osamu Shinobe, ANA's senior executive vice president, told a news conference in Tokyo.

ANA and its rival -- Japan Airlines (JAL) -- subsequently grounded their Dreamliner fleets.  ANA operates 17 of Boeing's Dreamliner planes, while JAL has seven 787s in service.

Both airliners say the Dreamliner fleet will remain grounded at least through Thursday.

ANA said the battery in question during Wednesday's incident was the same lithium-ion type battery that caught fire on board the JAL Dreamliner in Boston last week.  Inspectors found liquid leaking from the battery on Wednesday, and said it was "discolored."

Japan's transport ministry categorized the problem as a "serious incident" that could have led to an accident.  

John Hansman, MIT professor of aeronautics and astronautics, said, "If this was an actual fire, that's a major problem.  And it would be a major problem even if nothing happened over the past week."

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that it is "monitoring a preliminary report of an incident in Japan earlier today [Wednesday] involving a Boeing 787."

After the latest incident, Boeing said, "We will be working with our customer and the appropriate regulatory agencies."

Both the FAA and Boeing will send representatives to Japan.  The National Transportation Safety Board also said it will send an investigator to the scene.

The Japanese Transport Ministry dispatched its own inspectors to Takamatsu Airport on Wednesday.  A spokesman said the Transport Safety Board and Civil Aviation Bureau will conduct separate investigations.

The FAA ordered a comprehensive review of the plane's design in a news conference on Jan. 11 with Boeing.  But the agency assured the public that the 787s were safe to continue flying while they looked into the fleet's design and safety measures.

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FAA: New Boeing Dreamliner Ready for Flights After Years of Delays

Stuart Isett/Bloomberg via Getty Images(EVERETT, Wash.) -- The Japanese will be the first to fly the long awaited Boeing 787, also called the Dreamliner.  The Federal Aviation Administration says the new aircraft is finally ready for flight.  

Boeing has dealt with years of delays on the project.  But now after months of testing, the new fuel-efficient plane can be delivered to customers.  

"The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an incredible technological achievement -- one that sets a new standard for innovation," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Friday.  "The new engine technology is fuel-efficient and reduces noise, minimizing the impact on the environment."

LaHood added that the aircraft's eco-friendly innovations are key to achieving NextGen goals.  

The plane will use 20 percent less fuel and is the world's first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction, Boeing says.

Boeing has 827 orders for the Dreamliner, but the first will go to Japanese airline -- ANA, which will operate the world's first Dreamliner commercial flights on Oct. 26 and 27.

The aircraft is scheduled to complete its first regular international route beginning in December between Haneda and Beijing.  Regular long-haul international routes from Haneda to Frankfurt will start in January 2012.  Regular domestic service in Japan for ANA Dreamliner flights will begin Nov. 1.

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