NTSB releases agenda for hearing on Boeing 787
The National Transportation Safety Board on Friday released the agenda for the hearing the agency is hosting April 23 and 24 in Washington, D.C. The hearing will be webcast live on the NTSB's website.
The NTSB has been investigating the Jan. 7 fire and smoke incident involving a lithium-ion battery on a 787 parked at Boston's Logan International Airport. That 787 was operated by Japan Airlines.
Following a second battery failure on a 787, the Federal Aviation Administration grounded the 787 on Jan. 16.
The FAA is expected to give the OK as early as today for 787s, equipped with a redesigned battery system, to return to passenger service. Yesterday, the FAA began allowing Boeing to make pre-delivery flights with 787s that already have the new battery system installed.
The NTSB has yet to determine the cause of the Jan. 7 battery failure. Last week, the agency held a two-day forum on the use of lithium-ion batteries in transportation.
At least six witnesses from Boeing will be on hand at next week's hearing. Representatives from the FAA and battery maker GS Yuasa also will be on hand.
Most recent Aerospace blog posts
- Boeing’s KC-46 program has little room for more delays, says Air Force general Nov. 19
- Boeing 787 takes off to test new eco tech Nov. 17
- 2 Boeing contract workers injured, taken to hospitals Nov. 14
- Boeing and Airbus plan to spend more on Chinese suppliers Nov. 11
- Boeing CEO says new airplane will replace 737 by 2030 Nov. 5
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.