Lithium battery testing still not good enough, NTSB says

The U.S. government failed to properly test the Boeing (BA +0.9%) 787 Dreamliner's lithium-ion batteries and relied too much on Boeing for technical expertise, a new report from the NTSB says in criticizing the process used by the FAA to certify the new jet in 2007.

The report directly conflicts with the FAA's own internal study released in March, which said the agency had "effective processes in place to identify and correct issues that emerged before and after certification."

Other aircraft, including the Boeing 777, recent versions of the company’s 737s and the Airbus A380 (EADSF, EADSY), have smaller lithium-ion batteries that were tested with the same flawed standards, the NTSB says.

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  • iclarius
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    Would we expect anything else from Government people? Look at what they did at the VA, IRS, EPA, Healthcare, etc.


    We keep assuming that the Gov't will protect us and look out for our interest when they rarely do EXCEPT in those instances where they can grab the headlines.
    22 May 2014, 02:48 PM Reply Like
  • 747-8info
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    The FAA literally know so very little to protect us. Just look at the 737NG ducommun supplier. Their investigation was laughable, it was really laughable.
    22 May 2014, 04:26 PM Reply Like
  • combie
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    The FAA has no power or authority, Boeing just tells them what they are going to do and the FAA rolls over and let's Boeing scratch their belly to satisfy them.
    Boeing did everything wrong on the 787 and the FAA did nothing to slow down the mess or even ask the right questions.
    22 May 2014, 06:11 PM Reply Like
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