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Feds to investigate Boeing 787 aircraft

In the wake of several high profile issues involving Boeing 787 aircraft, the FAA is launching a "comprehensive review" of the plane.

The federal review will include a look at "critical systems, including the design, manufacture and assembly," the federal agency said Friday. "The purpose of the review is to validate the work conducted during the certification process and further ensure that the aircraft meets the FAA’s high level of safety."

“We are confident that the aircraft is safe. But we need to have a complete understanding of what is happening," FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta said in a statement. "We are conducting the review to further ensure that the aircraft meets our high safety standards.”

Boeing's 787 aircraft -- known as Dreamliners -- entered commercial service in 2011. Before it was certified, technical experts from the FAA logged 200,000 hours of work during on the aircraft.

“The safety of the traveling public is our top priority,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. “This review will help us look at the root causes and do everything we can to safeguard against similar events in the future.”

To date, Boeing has delivered 50 787 aircraft.

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