US studies battery from Boeing 787 fire
Washington, January 15, 2013
The US transportation safety agency said on Monday it was analysing the lithium-ion battery and burned wire bundles as part of its investigation of a fire aboard a Japan Airlines' Boeing 787 at Boston's Logan Airport last week.
The National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement that its investigators plan to disassemble the battery this week after studying the internal condition of the battery via X-rays at an independent test facility over the weekend.
Investigators also took possession of burned wire bundles, the auxiliary power unit (APU) battery charger and several memory modules to search for any available data.
The airplane's two combined flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder units were also brought to NTSB headquarters and are being analysed by the investigative team.
The fire occurred aboard one of Boeing Company's sophisticated new 787 Dreamliner jets on January 7 at Logan Airport. A mechanic inspecting the Japan Airlines Company jet discovered smoke in the cockpit while performing a routine post-flight inspection on January 7. There were no passengers on board.
The NTSB said fire and rescue personnel reported having difficulty accessing the battery for removal when they were trying to extinguish the fire.
After releasing the statement, the NTSB sent out a tweet saying it had released the airplane involved in the battery fire back to Japan Airlines.
The investigation includes representatives named by the Japan Transport Safety Board and French civil aviation security authorities. Others included in the NTSB-led team are experts from the Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing, US Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division, Japan Airlines, battery manufacturer GS Yuasa and APU battery/charger system provider Thales Avionics Electrical Systems. – Reuters
More INTERNATIONAL NEWS Stories
- Malaysia formally asks for international help
- MASSACRE: Gunmen kill 100 in central Nigeria
- Tense Crimea votes on Russia referendum
- Libyan port rebels say ready for talks
- India puts on hold search for missing plane
- Alibaba plans US listing in third-quarter
- Lost airliner was diverted deliberately: Malaysian PM
- Saudi demands Qatar shut down Al Jazeera
- Labour stalwart Benn dies aged 88
- Bahrain boat show postponed over development work
- Korean steel maker Posco set for revamp
- Harsh winter hits US consumer sentiment
- Sanctions set as Russia presses on with Crimea takeover
- India inflation at nine-month low
- Missing plane: It's deliberate act says Malaysia PM
- Lost plane 'flown deliberately toward Andamans'
- Gold hits fresh six-month highs
- Iran not open for business, affirms Kerry
- Barclays 'to cut thousands of jobs'
- Jet sent 'pings' after going missing
- China premier warns on economic slowdown
- Gunmen fire on army bus in Cairo, 1 killed
- Lost jet 'may have flown for four hours'
- Gold up as Ukraine, China prompt safe-haven bids
- Search finds no sign of lost plane at suspect spot
- Missing jet may have strayed to Andaman
- Gold hits near 6-month high
- 2 killed in Manhattan building blast
- Cameron pushes for travel bans on Russian MPs
- Indian coastguards join Malaysia jet search