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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Boeing Reportedly Knew About Its 787 Battery Problems

Posted by on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM

The Seattle Times, citing sources inside the company, says:

Boeing had numerous reliability issues with the main batteries on its 787 Dreamliner long before the two battery incidents this month grounded the entire fleet.

More than 100 of the lithium ion batteries have failed and had to be returned to the Japanese manufacturer, according to a person inside the 787 program with direct knowledge.

The New York Times adds that All Nippon Airways, which has more 787s than any other airline, was forced to get rid of 10 faulty batteries in recent months, and "had told Boeing of the replacements as they occurred, but was not required to report them to safety regulators because they were not considered a safety issue and no flights were canceled or delayed."

As a result, the National Transportation Safety Board "only recently learned" that Boeing's battery problems are not new.


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the dreamliner can be a successful aircraft if its batteries are changed after a year as standard maintainance procedure till they develop batteries with longer life.
Posted by Malik Zahid on February 4, 2013 at 4:45 AM · Report this
Free Lunch 9
@6 - It could be the batteries, or it could how they are situated. Poor ventilation and close grouping of lithium ion batteries can lead to overheating, so it's quite possibly a Boeing design flaw.
Posted by Free Lunch on January 30, 2013 at 7:51 PM · Report this
Oh wow, Eli, do you think that their subsidiary, Narus, explained it to them?

Or could have been of their "extreme rendition" airlines subsidiaries, on the Jeppeson side?
Posted by sgt_doom on January 30, 2013 at 12:40 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
@6 and the Korean battery monitor supplier.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM · Report this
@3 -- I think it's pretty clear now they're blaming the Japanese battery supplier.
Posted by six shooter on January 30, 2013 at 9:33 AM · Report this
This battery technology was pushed for and grated under the Bush administation. FAA ruling came in 2007.

Posted by bks on January 30, 2013 at 9:21 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 4
I wonder if the push for battery technology from Obama-Chu lead to this decision. People always want to make the Boss happy..even if it's the wrong technology for the job.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on January 30, 2013 at 8:44 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 3
@1, they will blame the unions for this somehow.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on January 30, 2013 at 8:41 AM · Report this
Rotten666 2
@1. Oh you can be sure that someone will take the fall for this, especially if it begins to affect stock value (which,as of today, it is not).
Posted by Rotten666 on January 30, 2013 at 8:29 AM · Report this
Good thing it is a corporation so that no one can be held accountable.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on January 30, 2013 at 8:09 AM · Report this

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