The Boeing Company has formed teams consisting of hundreds of engineering and technical experts who are working around the clock with the sole focus of resolving the issue and returning the 787 fleet to flight status, the company said Thursday in a press statement. “We are working this issue tirelessly in cooperation with our customers and the appropriate regulatory and investigative authorities. The safety of passengers and crew members who fly aboard Boeing airplanes is our highest priority.”
Meanwhile, the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) provided an update Thursday on the agency’s investigation into the Jan. 7 fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston. The investigation is centered on a battery used aboard the 787.
The battery consists of eight cells of 3.7 volts each. All eight cells had varying degrees of thermal damage, the NTSB said. Six of eight cells have been CT scanned and have been disassembled to expose their electrodes. All electrode windings in the battery are in the process of being photo-documented and are undergoing microscopic examination. In the coming days, the remaining two cells will undergo the same examination.
“In order to ensure the integrity of the process and in adherence to international protocols that govern safety investigations, we are not permitted to comment directly on the ongoing investigation,” Boeing said in their statement. “Boeing deeply regrets the impact that recent events have had on the operating schedules of our customers and their passengers.”
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