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U.S. regulator raises prospect of longer delay for Boeing 787

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman speaks next to John DeLisi, director of the NTSB Office of Aviation Safety; during a news conference on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, in Washington February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman speaks next to John DeLisi, director of the NTSB Office of Aviation Safety; during a news conference on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines...more

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman speaks next to John DeLisi, director of the NTSB Office of Aviation Safety; during a news conference on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, in Washington February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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John DeLisi, director of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Office of Aviation Safety; attends a news conference on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, in Washington February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

John DeLisi, director of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Office of Aviation Safety; attends a news conference on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in...more

John DeLisi, director of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Office of Aviation Safety; attends a news conference on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, in Washington February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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Damaged batteries are seen on a screen during a news conference on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, in Washington February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Damaged batteries are seen on a screen during a news conference on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, in Washington February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Damaged batteries are seen on a screen during a news conference on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, in Washington February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman speaks next to John DeLisi, director of the NTSB Office of Aviation Safety; during a news conference on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, in Washington February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman speaks next to John DeLisi, director of the NTSB Office of Aviation Safety; during a news conference on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines...more

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman speaks next to John DeLisi, director of the NTSB Office of Aviation Safety; during a news conference on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, in Washington February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman speaks during a joint news conference with John DeLisi (L), director of the NTSB Office of Aviation Safety; and Joseph Kolly, director of the NTSB Office of Research and Engineering, on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, in Washington February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman speaks during a joint news conference with John DeLisi (L), director of the NTSB Office of Aviation Safety; and Joseph Kolly, director of the NTSB Office of Research and...more

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman speaks during a joint news conference with John DeLisi (L), director of the NTSB Office of Aviation Safety; and Joseph Kolly, director of the NTSB Office of Research and Engineering, on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, in Washington February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman speaks during a news conference on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, in Washington February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman speaks during a news conference on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, in Washington...more

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman speaks during a news conference on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, in Washington February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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