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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

NTSB Examines Dreamliner’s Scorched Battery

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) provided a second update on its ongoing investigation into the Jan. 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

(The remains of the Dreamliner's battery)

The agency released the 787 back to Japan Airlines (JAL) after documenting the state of the aircraft and removing the battery and other equipment for investigation at its lab in Washington D.C.

NTSB said the battery has been given an X-ray, and the internal condition of the battery documented prior to disassembling it.

Investigators said the 787’s two combined flight data and cockpit voice recorders were transported to NTSB headquarters and the flight data is now being analyzed.

The flight landed less than 30 minutes before the fire was discovered by JAL technicians after all passengers and crew had exited the plane.

Boeing, FAA, JAL, Japanese battery maker Yuasa, Thales and the U.S. Naval Warfare Center’s Carderock Division are assisting NTSB in the ongoing investigation. More

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