18 July 2013 08:29

Report on Boeing Dreamliner Fire Due Soon

BoeingL

Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch is planning to issue within days an interim report on the facts of Friday's fire inside a Boeing Co. (BA) 787 Dreamliner operated by Ethiopian Airlines, according to two people familiar with AAIB planning.

The report would state the known series of events occurring inside the top of the unoccupied jetliner when it was parked at London's Heathrow Airport. The report is unlikely to draw any conclusions about what caused the fire, these people said.

AAIB investigators have said they are focusing on several systems in the area of the burn, including a beacon used to locate a plane in the event of a crash, known as an emergency locator transmitter (ELT). The small, battery-powered device is attached near the location of the fire but it remains unclear if it was the combustion source, the person said.

The Dreamliner's ELT is produced by Honeywell International Inc. (HON), which was invited Monday to participate in the investigation. Thousands of similar devices have operated on planes around the world for several years without incident, Honeywell and industry officials said. The model is used on planes from Boeing, Bombardier Inc. (BBD.A.T, BBD.B.T, BDRBF) of Canada and the Airbus unit of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. (EAD.FR, EADSY), according to industry officials.

Amid uncertainty about the cause of the fire, the AAIB is preparing to ask the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency to assess the necessity of the devices on 787s, according to one person familiar with the situation. The AAIB may suggest temporarily removing ELTs from Dreamliners as a precautionary measure while the investigation continues, this person said.

ELTs are required for passenger flights in the U.S., and they are widely used by airlines around the globe. But under U.S. rules, operators can fly with ELTs inoperative for up to 90 days before replacement or repair is required.

Read more news about Boeing here.

Spokesmen for the AAIB in London and Boeing declined to comment.

A Honeywell official said the company hasn't been contacted by investigators or regulators to remove any beacons but left open the possibility of doing so.

"While we do not have any orders to temporarily remove our ELTs from 787s at this time, as a safety-first company, we would support an action like this as a precautionary measure if our team, or the AAIB and NTSB, determine it's necessary to do so," the Honeywell official said.

Industry officials expect that over coming weeks the FAA, EASA and airlines operating Dreamliners will pore over ELT maintenance records and databases for any incidents related to the beacons.

But so far, these officials said no particular maintenance issues have cropped up with ELTs. The devices haven't helped locate any big U.S. or European jetliner after a crash in the past two decades.

Industry and government officials familiar with the investigation say they still don't know how a device as small as an ELT could have sparked the intense fire inside the plane.

The AAIB is leading the investigation with input from the FAA and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, EASA, Boeing, Honeywell and Ethiopian Airlines. Investigators plan to end their on-site analysis this weekend, and FAA representatives would then return to the U.S. and analysis will continue on both sides of the Atlantic, according to industry and government officials.

In an unusual move, some FAA officials are quietly arguing inside the agency that the AAIB lacks jurisdiction to conduct the investigation under rules of the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organization. Air accident investigations are usually led by the country where they occur. But according to people familiar with the FAA officials' reading of ICAO rules, this only holds for aircraft in flight or that have "intention of flight."

According to these people, FAA officials believe that a parked plane that was certified by the FAA should be investigated by the FAA.

--Jon Ostrower contributed to this article.

Write to Daniel Michaels at dan.michaels@wsj.com and Andy Pasztor at andy.pasztor@wsj.com

Subscribe to WSJ: https://online.wsj.com?mod=djnwires

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

July 18, 2013 01:35 ET (05:35 GMT)

Copyright (c) 2013 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

 

Comments

#1 | Saturday 4 Jan (23:38)
Thanks for writing such a good article, I stumbled onto your blog and read a few post. I like your style of writing... iphone 5 slim hard case

#2 | Thursday 9 Jan (14:28)
So luck to come across your excellent blog. Your blog brings me a great deal of fun.. Good luck with the site. car mats

#3 | Thursday 9 Jan (16:53)
Once I thought about things like: why such information is for free here? Because when you write a book then at least on selling a book you get a percentage. Thank you and good luck on informing people more about it! cargo liners

#4 | Wednesday 15 Jan (12:18)
You have done a great job. I will definitely dig it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this site.
kia floor mats
#5 | Thursday 16 Jan (06:03)
The small, battery-powered device is attached near the location of the fire but it remains unclear if it was the combustion source, the person said.porsche floor mats
#6 | Thursday 16 Jan (08:54)
I also benefit from learning the assessments, but learn that alot of people ought to stay on essay to try and add worth in the direction of the authentic weblog release.
land rover floor mats
#7 | Thursday 16 Jan (09:21)
The report would state the known series of events occurring inside the top of the unoccupied jetliner when it was parked at London's Heathrow Airport. The report is unlikely mercedes floor mats
#8 | Friday 17 Jan (08:51)
locator transmitter (ELT). The small, battery-powered device is attached near the location of the fire but it remains unclear if it was the combustion source, the person said. Installation de Chauffe-eau à Paris
#9 | Saturday 18 Jan (06:48)
locator transmitter (ELT). The small, battery-powered device is attached near the location of the fire but it remains unclear if it was the combustion source, the person said. simpsons tapped out donuts hack
#10 | Saturday 18 Jan (09:06)
The report would state the known series of events occurring inside the top of the unoccupied jetliner when it was parked at London's Heathrow Airport. The report is unlikely radiateur electrique inertie

Post comment

Related debate

  • 1 week
  • 1 month
  • 1 Year
Ingen indlæg

Regulatory news

HSBC Bank Plc : Form 8.5 (EPT/RI) - Lonmin PLC

22/02/2018 10:54:53
FORM 8.5 EPT/RI) PUBLIC DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER WITH RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY STATUS DEALING IN A CLIENT-SERVING CAPACITY Rule 8.5 of the Takeover Code (the "Code") 1.         KEY INFORMATION (a) Name of exempt principal trader: HSBC BANK PLC (b) Name of offeror/offeree i..

Rathbone Brothers Plc : Preliminary announcement of 2017 results

22/02/2018 07:00:19
Funds under management up 14.3% to £39.1 billionThis is a preliminary statement of annual results published in accordance with FCA Listing Rule 9.7A. It covers the year ended 31 December 2017. Mark Nicholls, Chairman of Rathbone Brothers Plc, said: "UK and global investment markets performed well in 2017, with some indices reaching record levels towards the end of the year. This outcome has b..

Elliott Capital Advisors, L.P : Form 8.3 - GKN Plc

Related news
21/02/2018 15:25:10
FORM 8.3 PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY A PERSON WITH INTERESTS IN RELEVANT SECURITIES REPRESENTING 1% OR MORE Rule 8.3 of the Takeover Code (the "Code") 1.         KEY INFORMATION (a) Full name of discloser: Elliott Capital Advisors, L.P. (for itself and related general partners ..

Most read news

  • 24 hours
  • 48 hours
  • 1 week
1
Squirrel AI unveiled at TechCrunch Disrupt, attracting overseas ventures to propose partnership
2
Service organization Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority surpasses $1 million in historic one day campaign to help nation's HBCUs
3
WISeKey and OISTE.ORG to Launch at the Zermatt Summit the Anti-Illicit Trade Declaration, calling on the International Community to Address all Forms of Illicit Trade
4
Nasdaq Halts Luokung Technology Corp.
5
Senior Congressional Healthcare Policy Advisor Charlene MacDonald Joins FTI Consulting

Related stock quotes

Boeing Company (The) 365.22 0.5% Stock price increasing

Buy and sell signals

  • Trend
  • Moneymachine

Copyright Berlingske Media 2018  Cookie- and Privacy policy  |  Cookies  |   General terms of trade  |   Terms of use and IP rights
Quote information is delivered by Morningstar.
Data is delayed 15-20 minutes according to the distribution agreements set by the different exchanges.
 
20 September 2018 02:36:20
(UTC+00:00) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
Version: LiveBranchBuild_20180919.1 - EUROWEB2 - 2018-09-20 03:36:20 - 2018-09-20 02:36:20 - 1000 - Website: OKAY