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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:51 PM

 

FAA grounds Boeing's 787 Dreamliner jets

FAA grounds Boeing's 787 Dreamliner jets

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The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday ordered U.S. airlines to temporarily stop flying Boeing's 787 Dreamliner following a series of mishaps.

The agency said the decision to ground Boeing 787s was prompted by a second incident involving lithium ion battery failure.

Earlier Wednesday, Japan's two leading airlines grounded their fleets of Boeing 787s after one of the Dreamliner passenger jets made an emergency landing.

The sophisticated plane, the world's first mainly carbon-composite airliner, has suffered fuel leaks, a battery fire, wiring problem, brake computer glitch and cracked cockpit window in recent days.

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http://news.msn.com/us/faa-grounds-boeings-787-dreamliner-jets

I notice they waited until well after the close of the stock markets. Boeing took a beating today and Boeing alone drove down the Dow.

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Response to RomneyLies (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:56 PM

1. Not that bad, a 2.5 points. However, I am glad they did it. They need to determine what is going

Also, they have had a few days, the FAA to review the design specs

Maybe they found something


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Response to still_one (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:58 PM

3. After Japan grounded it, I knew the FAA would.

 

But I also knew they'd let the stock tank over two days instead of it taking a massive beating in a single day for two countries grounding the plane immediately.

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Response to RomneyLies (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 08:31 PM

8. They are down in after hour trading so you are correct on both counts

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Response to RomneyLies (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:58 PM

2. Are there problems with lithium batteries in general, or is this something

unique to aircraft?

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Response to gateley (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:59 PM

4. there have been problems with lithium batteries in computers for a while.

 

Lots of recalls over the years for them spontaneously combusting.

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Response to RomneyLies (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 07:04 PM

5. Thanks. I know they're used in Tesla cars and I didn't recall hearing of a similar

problem (nor in other electric cars, for that matter). I hope there's something they can do!

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Response to gateley (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 08:11 PM

7. Incredibly dangerous

Lithium batteries are incredibly dangerous especially when in the cargo area of an airplane. The fire is extremely hot & quite difficult to extinguish.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704657304575540264142599350.html

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Response to Bjornsdotter (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 08:44 PM

9. That's alarming!

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Response to RomneyLies (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 08:00 PM

6. Lithium batteries in just about all applications have some fire risk......

Cars are no exception..
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimhenry/2011/12/12/chevy-volt-battery-fires-threaten-all-electric-ve/
Keep in mind this is from "forbs=right wing=hates anything that doesn't use Oil or Koch coal".
Google 'electric car battery fires' for more.

Although lithium batteries exhibit this problem it is not so frequent that I would be tempted to toss my laptop.
Like oil,coal or nuclear it is a problem we will have to deal with.
Until we get off our butts and find a better solution.

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