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WASHINGTON - US officials intend to lift the order grounding the beleaguered 787 Dreamliner after accepting Boeing's revamped battery system even though the root cause of battery failures that led to a fire on one plane and smoke on another remains unknown. 

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been grounded for three months after a series of problems and one in-flight fire traced to the plane's lithium ion batteries. (File photo)

The Federal Aviation Administration said early Saturday Thailand time it would send airlines instructions and publish a notice next week lifting the 3-month-old grounding order that day. Boeing will then have the go-ahead to begin retrofitting planes with an enhanced lithium ion battery system.

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