The Federal Aviation Administration grounded all flights of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner last month due to ongoing safety concerns — but the troubled aircraft may soon be authorized for a limited return to the skies. The Seattle Times reports that Boeing has asked the FAA for permission to start test flights of the Dreamliner in order to gain additional information about the battery system that has caused so much trouble for the aircraft. The company reportedly has a fix it wants to try as part of the trial as well — and if all goes well, the first test flights may come as early as this week. The Wall Street Journal notes that investigators have thus far been unable to determine the root cause of the battery fires.
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FAA may approve Boeing 787 Dreamliner test flights as early as this week