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Boeing 787 Fire Spurs Beacon Inspection Mandate From Canada

Canada‚Äôs transportation regulator ordered emergency-beacon inspections on most Boeing Co. and Airbus SAS jets after a Honeywell International Inc. device made in the country was linked to a 787 Dreamliner fire. Airlines must complete the checks within 150 days of …

FM Global Releases Results of Lithium Ion Battery Fire Tests

Commercial and industrial property insurer FM Global has completed the first-ever large scale fire tests of lithium ion (li-ion) batteries in warehouse storage and released a research technical report describing the associated fire hazards and protection recommendations for these increasingly …

NTSB Plans Comprehensive Review of Lithium Ion Batteries

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board on Monday said it would hold a two-day forum April 11-12 to examine the design and performance of lithium ion batteries in transportation – a comprehensive review sparked by battery failures on two Boeing …

FAA Approves Boeing Plan to Fix 787’s Batteries

A Boeing plan to redesign the 787 Dreamliner’s fire-plagued lithium-ion batteries won approval Tuesday from the Federal Aviation Administration, moving the cutting-edge planes a step closer to flying passengers again. The plan includes changes to the internal battery components to …

UN Agency Moves to Kill Aircraft Battery Exemption

A U.N. agency that sets global aviation safety standards is moving to prevent aircraft batteries like the one that caught fire on a Boeing 787 last month from being shipped as cargo on passenger planes. People familiar with the panel’s …

Tiny Fibers May Have Played Role in 787 Battery Failure

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is investigating whether tiny fiber-like formations, known as dendrites, inside lithium-ion batteries could have played a role in battery failures on two Boeing Co 787 Dreamliners last month. Dendrites – just one of several …

Lithium Batteries Not Necessarily Unsafe

The use of lithium ion batteries to power aircraft systems isn’t necessarily unsafe despite a battery fire in one Boeing 787 Dreamliner and smoke in another, but manufacturers need to build in reliable safeguards, the top U.S. aviation safety investigator …

Japan Official: Battery in 787 Swollen From Overheating

The main battery beneath the cockpit of the Boeing 787 forced to make an emergency landing in Japan was swollen from overheating, a safety official said Thursday, as aviation regulators worldwide joined the U.S. and Japan in grounding the technologically …

After Another Emergency, US Grounds Boeing 787s

Lithium batteries that can leak corrosive fluid and start fires have emerged as the chief safety concern involving Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, a problem that apparently is far more serious than company officials acknowledged less than a week ago. The Federal …

Battery Fluid Leak May Be Factor in China Car Fire

Flammable fluids leaking from a BYD electric car battery might have contributed to a fire following a high-speed fatal crash in China last month, a BYD executive told Reuters. However, Stella Li, senior vice president of Warren Buffett-backed Chinese battery …