US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

Victoria
By Victoria February 8, 2013 10:50

US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman Deborah Hersman told reporters in Washington DC that Boeing and the FAA need to reconsider the assumption made when they certified the 787 batteries. Although the NTSB has not yet found any root cause for the fires, the certification process used by FAA to clear lithium ion batteries for use on 787s has become a key focus of its investigation.
In a joint statement, US transportation secretary Ray LaHood and FAA administrator Michael Huerta said FAA has been conducting a “comprehensive review of the 787’s critical systems including the aircraft’s design, manufacture and assembly … As part of this effort, the FAA is looking at both the certification process and specifically at the required tests and design of the aircraft’s lithium ion battery. The FAA invited the NTSB to observe this FAA-led process.”
In a statement, Boeing has said that it welcomes the progress reported by NTSB in the 787 investigation and that the findings discussed “demonstrated a narrowing of the focus of the investigation to short circuiting observed in the battery, while providing the public with a better understanding of the nature of the investigation”.
Boeing stated: “The company remains committed to working with the NTSB, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and our customers to maintain the high level of safety the traveling public expects and that the air transport system has delivered. We continue to provide support to the investigative groups as they work to further understand these events and as we work to prevent such incidents in the future. The safety of passengers and crew members who fly aboard Boeing airplanes is our highest priority.”
“The 787 was certified following a rigorous Boeing test program and an extensive certification program conducted by the FAA. We provided testing and analysis in support of the requirements of the FAA special conditions associated with the use of lithium ion batteries. We are working collaboratively to address questions about our testing and compliance with certification standards, and we will not hesitate to make changes that lead to improved testing processes and products.”

Victoria
By Victoria February 8, 2013 10:50
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