Wednesday, July 17, 2013

787 Fire Inquiry Focuses on Transmitter

(July 17, 2013, (NY Times))--British safety investigators are examining whether a malfunction in an emergency locator transmitter or other equipment in the rear of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner caused the plane to catch fire on Friday at Heathrow Airport in London, federal and industry officials said Monday.

The transmitter, which would send out the plane’s location after a crash, is powered by a small lithium-manganese battery. The officials, who would speak only under the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the inquiry publicly, said investigators were focused on whether the transmitter could have caused the fire or helped it spread.

Honeywell Aerospace, which supplies the transmitter and the jet’s navigation system, said Monday that it had sent technical experts to Heathrow to help the investigators. It said, however, that it was still “premature to speculate on the cause of the fire.” Read more from The New Your Times »

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