US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has defended his decision to declare the Boeing 787 safe days before FAA grounded the aircraft. He also defended the agency’s handling of how it initially announced a safety review of the Dreamliner. LaHood and FAA administrator Michael Huerta on Jan. 11 expressed complete confidence in the 787’s safety and held a joint press conference with Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner. That was after a Japan Airlines 787 ...

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