WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States ordered a wide review of Boeing (NYSE: BA - news) 's latest passenger jet, the 787 Dreamliner, citing "concern" over a spate of technical problems in recent weeks.
Regulators said the Dreamliner remained safe to fly but a thorough examination was needed to identify the root cause of the problems including a fire on a parked 787 on Monday.
"There are concerns about recent events involving the Boeing 787. That is why today we are conducting a comprehensive review," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told a news conference.
The review will put an emphasis on the 787's advanced electrical systems and cover their design, manufacture and assembly, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The move comes on top of a separate probe by U.S. safety investigators into a battery fire which caused "serious damage" to an empty Japan Airlines 787 jet at Boston airport on Monday.
Adding to incidents that have tested confidence in the world's first mainly carbon-composite airliner, the jet suffered a cracked cockpit window and an oil leak on separate flights in Japan on Friday.