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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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Solar Storm Causes Flights to be Rerouted

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A geomagnetic storm caused Delta Airlines to reroute a handful of flights that were scheduled to fly over the North Pole Tuesday.

A Delta spokesman said the flights were shifted to fly further south in an effort to ensure consistent communications. The affected routes were between Detroit and the Asian cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Inchon. United had to reroute one flight Monday and American reported no impact, but said the airline continues to monitor the situation.

The FAA said it was keeping close watch on the situation Tuesday but did not issue an alert.

“The FAA is closely monitoring the current solar storm and the potential for more storms over the next few days, and will issue a Solar Radiation Alert if necessary. So far, radiation dose rates have not been high enough to trigger an alert,” the agency said in a statement.

NASA said the six astronauts on the international space station are safe and won’t need to shelter in place to ride out the storm.

Even though this is the strongest geomagnetic storm Earth has experienced in six years, the radiation has caused only minor problems.

“Operators are surely seeing a greater number of errors on their system that are causing them to work a bit harder, but we’re not expecting satellites to stop,” Douglas Biesecker, a physicist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told ABC News.

Sky watchers in northern states may be able to see fairly vivid aurora displays Tuesday night that resemble filmy white sheets shooting around the sky.

The storm was set off by a chain of events Sunday evening. A moderate solar flare erupted on the sun, which occurs tens of thousands of times every solar cycle, Biesecker said. The solar flare was associated with a coronal mass ejection, which is also a frequent occurrence. However, this particular one was big and sent a cloud of plasma with a magnetic field hurtling toward Earth at 4 million mph.

Earth experienced some of the radiation within an hour of Sunday’s solar flare.

“The ones that escape propogate to Earth at the speed of light,” Biesecker said.

The geomagnetic storm is expected to last for one day.

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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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