Boeing 787 Dreamliner to be probed by US officials

US regulators have today launched a review of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, following a series of incidents.

The 787 jet suffered a cracked cockpit window and an oil leak on separate flights in Japan today, and earlier this week a brake problem and a battery fire affected Dreamliner flights.

The Federal Aviation Agency will look at the design, manufacture and assembly of the aircraft, to ensure that it meets the regulator’s standards.

A team of FAA and Boeing engineers and inspectors will conduct the review, which is expected to begin in Seattle.

“We are confident that the aircraft is safe. But we need to have a complete understanding of what is happening,” said FAA administrator Michael P. Huerta.

“We are conducting the review to further ensure that the aircraft meets our high safety standards.”

The 787 Dreamliner made its first commercial flight in late 2011, after a series of production delays put deliveries more than three years behind schedule. By the end of last year, Boeing had sold 848 Dreamliners, and delivered 49.