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Nightmare for Boeing as US halts new plane

More than half the Boeing 787s around the world have been grounded after an emergency landing by one of the jets revealed a battery fire risk.

Japan's two biggest airlines and the US aviation agency took action after yesterday's incident.

The 787 Dreamliner is Boeing's newest jet, and the company is banking on its success.

But since its launch after delays of more than three years, the plane has been plagued by a series of problems.

An All Nippon Airways 787 landed at Takamatsu airport in western Japan yesterday after a cockpit message showed battery problems and a burning smell was detected in the cockpit and cabin.

In Washington, the Federal Aviation Administration was temporarily requiring US carriers to stop flying 787s.

Aviation authorities in other countries usually follow the lead of the country where the manufacturer is based.