Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:27 PM
jsr (7,712 posts)
Boeing 787 fire at Boston airport renews safety concern
(Reuters) - Fire broke out on an empty Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner jet parked at a gate in Boston on Monday, putting safety concerns about the new, carbon-composite jet back in the spotlight and drawing attention from federal investigators.
Officials said the fire started when a battery in the Japan Airlines Co Ltd jet's auxiliary power system exploded around 10:30 a.m. ET, shortly after passengers deplaned.
A mechanic inspecting the jet discovered smoke in the cockpit while performing a routine post-flight inspection and reported it to authorities at Boston's Logan International Airport, officials said.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are looking into what caused the problem, which came just weeks after Boeing endured a string of other electrical problems that briefly grounded three of the planes. The new jet also has suffered an engine failure and fuel leaks in the 14 months it has been in service.
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/08/uk-boeing-787-boston-idUSLNE90603P20130108
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Response to jsr (Original post)
Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:36 PM
SoapBox (10,083 posts)
1. Noting that the smoke was discovered in the cockpit
"post" flight. Good it happened after the flight segment.
I have to give this a slight shrug...stuff happens...was that "battery" directly Boeings failure? Uh...I would guess not.
And any new aircraft, totally new design etc., always have many bugs. The hope is that those bugs don't kill hundreds.