Boeing 787 planes grounded on safety fears

  • Boeing's 50-strong fleet of its flagship 787 Dreamliners have been taken out of service due to safety concerns.

    On Thursday, American and European aviation agencies said the planes were to be grounded while safety checks are carried out on their lithium ion batteries, which could leak and potentially cause fires.

    In recent weeks, the Dreamliners have also suffered incidents including fuel leaks, a cracked cockpit window, brake problems and an electrical fire.

    In addition to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency, Chile’s LAN and Indian authorities have also stopped operating its 787s.

    Poland's Lot Airlines, Qatar Airways and Ethiopian Airlines have also grounded the planes.

    Grounding aircraft on such a large scale is rare.

    The FAA last ordered a general grounding of an entire model in 1979 following a fatal crash involving a McDonnell Douglas DC-10.