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Investigators call for lithium battery review following 787 fire

Investigators are calling for a safety review of all lithium battery-powered equipment on planes after a fire on board a parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Heathrow, which crew would have struggled to contain in flight, was traced to a tracking device carrying such batteries.

August 24, 2015  By The Guardian

The blaze, on board the empty Ethiopian Airlines jet in July 2013, burned through the fuselage and filled the cabin with acrid smoke while the plane was parked at a remote stand on the runway.

Britain’s Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) said that while the fire was caused by the plane’s lithium battery-powered emergency locator transmitter (ELT), the homing beacon used to find missing aircraft, there were concerns other on-board equipment powered by similar batteries may be vulnerable. | READ MORE


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