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787 Dreamliner: FAA orders review of new plane after fire, fuel leak

BOSTON (AP) -- Federal regulators say they are ordering a comprehensive review of the critical systems of Boeing's 787s, the aircraft maker's newest and most technologically advanced plane, after a fire and a fuel leak earlier this week.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the review will include the design, manufacture and assembly of the aircraft. Officials plan to detail the review at a news conference Friday morning.

The 787, which Boeing calls the "Dreamliner," relies more than any other modern airliner on electrical signals to help power nearly everything the plane does. It's also the first Boeing plane to use rechargeable lithium ion batteries and to be made with lightweight composite materials.

The review comes after two more problems with Boeing 787 Dreamliner plans were reported on Friday morning.

An All Nippon Airlines flight from Tokyo to western Japan developed a crack in the cockpit window mid-flight.

The same airline also reports that a second plane was forced to land in southern Japan when they discovered an oil leak.

Both planes are Boeing 787 Dreamliners and both landed safely.

Earlier this week, two separate Dreamliners belonging to Japan Airlines had incidents at Logan International Airport.

On Monday, a battery fire caused damage to an empty plane. The next day, a loose cap led to 40 gallons of oil being spilled onto the runway.

The first 787 Boeing was delivered in late 2011. In November 2010, a test flight had to make an emergency landing after an in-flight electrical fire. The fire delayed flight tests for several weeks while Boeing investigated.

Last month, a United Airlines 787 flying from Houston to Newark, N.J., diverted to New Orleans because of a mechanical issue. No one was injured.

JAL began nonstop service between Boston and Tokyo's Narita Airport using the new Boeing 787 in April.

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