Saturday, January 19, 2013

Boeing 787 won’t fly until officials are ‘1,000 per cent sure’ it is safe

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will not fly again until officials are “1,000 per cent sure” it is safe, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says.
LaHood made his comments on Friday to reporters in Washington, after 50 Dreamliners were grounded around the world this week, amid growing concerns over the lithium-ion batteries.
U.S. and Japanese aviation safety officials wrapped up their initial investigation Friday of what caused warning lights to go off on an All Nippon Airways flight that was forced to make an emergency landing.
A Japanese safety official said it was possible that excessive electricity may have overheated the battery and caused liquid to spill out. Pictures show a burned-out blue metal box with clear signs of liquid seepage.
18/01/13 Vanessa Lu/The Star