First 787 takes flight since grounding

First 787 takes flight since grounding

Credit: WFAA

A Boeing 787 takes off from Fort Worth, Texas for a ferry flight to test its lithium ion battery, Feb. 7, 2013.

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

For the first time since Boeing 787s were grounded worldwide, a single 787 took flight Thursday morning on a so-called ferry flight from Fort Worth, Texas to Paine Field in Everett.

The flight departed Meachem International airport at 7:24 a.m. PST and is scheduled to land just before 11 a.m. Track the flight

The FAA approved the special flight under certain conditions. There are no passengers and the crew must continuosly monitor the lithium ion battery that has caused the 787 problems.

A federal probe into electrical fires led to the grounding of all 50 Boeing 787s around the world last month.

The FAA has not approved a test flight, but analysts say Thursday’s flight will give pilots a glimpse at how the battery reacts in the air.

"In reality, this flight will give Boeing at least a brief opportunity to do a few checks and balances," said CNBC analyst Phil LeBeau.

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