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APR 25, 2013 - Forbes

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NTSB 787 Battery Hearing Leaves Certification Questions Unanswered

No one expected the two-day NTSB hearings that concluded Wednesday to answer the question why the Boeing 787?s lithium ion batteries dangerously overheated and in one case caught fire after only 52,000 hours of flight when Boeing had predicted that possibility as one in ten million flight hours.  That answer is likely months, if not a year or more, away.  But one could have expected an answer to why Boeing failed to use the standards developed by an independent advisory board ? an advisory board that Boeing co-chaired - to re-assess the batteries before the aircraft was approved ... Read More

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