Tuesday, January 8, 2013
NTSB Provides Update on JAL Dreamliner Investigation
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released an update on its ongoing investigation into what caused a fire in the Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 787 Dreamliner that landed at Boston’s Logan International Airport Monday.
NTSB said its investigator discovered that the auxiliary power unit battery suffered severe fire damage, and thermal damage to its surrounding components in the aft of the electronics bay as a result of the fire. JAL representatives told NTSB that its airline maintenance crew was on the plane when smoke was detected in the cabin.
Boston Logan Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting officials report detected the fire and were able to extinguish it within about 40 minutes of their arrival. One firefighter suffered minor injuries while extinguishing the fire.
The board said representatives from FAA, Boeing, the Japan Transport Safety Board and JAL are assisting as technical advisors in the ongoing investigation.
Additionally, JAL released a statement saying its technicians will be inspecting all Boeing 787 aircraft in its fleet starting today. The airline also apologized for the inconvenience to its customers, and said that the incident did not cause any further delays for its flights to and from Boston. More