U.S. regulators say Boeing 787 is safe but needs review

Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:45am EST

(Reuters) - U.S. aviation regulators will launch a comprehensive review of the Boeing 787 airplane, with a special focus on its electrical systems, following a series of recent safety incidents, the new head of the Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday.

"We believe this is a safe aircraft," Michael Huerta said at a press conference with officials including U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Boeing commercial airplanes chief Ray Conner.

(Reporting by Deborah Charles; in Washington; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe; Writing by Ben Berkowitz)

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