NTSB "Probably Weeks Away" From Finishing 787 Probe

By: Wichita Business Journal Email
By: Wichita Business Journal Email

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February 6, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board’s top official said Wednesday that the agency is “probably weeks away” from completing its investigation into the Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner.

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman also said the agency will hold a special briefing on Thursday to share its latest findings from the inquiry.

The 787 has been grounded globally for weeks now as investigators in the U.S. and Japan try to determine the cause of separate battery failures in the aircraft.

According to this report from Reuters, Hersman said the briefing will also cover the “special conditions” under which the batteries were certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in 2007.

Ultimately, it will be the FAA that determines when the aircraft flies again. Boeing earlier this week requested it be allowed test fly the plane to examine operational performance of the batteries, but the FAA has yet to respond to that request.

Boeing has halted deliveries of the 787 since the aircraft was grounded on Jan. 16. The company did, however, confirm this week that production of the aircraft continues as scheduled.

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