U.S. Experts to Inspect Dreamliners

    Lorenda Ward (2nd L), a designated investigator of the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and her team members inspect a Boeing 787 Dreamlier plane for troubled All Nippon Airways (ANA) at the Takamatsu airport in Kagawa prefecture, western Japan on January 18, 2013 as Dreamliners around the world sat on the tarmac after being grounded until a fire risk is fixed. A team of US safety investigators arrived at the Dreamliner on January 18 whose emergency landing this week sparked the worldwide grounding of Boeing's flagship plane.  AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS    JAPAN OUT        (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

    Inspectors under 787 at Takamatsu airport on Friday. (Jiji Press/AFP/Getty)

    Uh oh, here come the big guns. A team of U.S. aviation experts arrived in Japan on Friday to inspect the Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet that was forced to make an emergency landing last week as the aircraft were grounded worldwide for battery issues. The five representatives from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration, and Boeing are working with Japanese authorities to investigate the aircraft, as regulators in Japan say it’s unclear when the plane can return to the air. Sources said the U.S. investigation is focused on the Japanese-made batteries—and there’s no indication the ones made by American manufacturer United Technology Pratt & Whitney were involved.

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