Boeing Dreamliner probe turns to battery maker
Dan Springer reports from Seattle
- Duration 3:21
- Date Jan 22, 2013
Dan Springer reports from Seattle
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There are new details now just in to Fox News from the NTSB.
And this investigation -- issues -- one of the largest commercial plane to find anywhere.
Are the focus now on the battery maker used in Boeing's dreamliner jets it's a big story that we watch and for some time.
And now we have a little bit more direction -- How safe it is on board good morning everybody we are back from Washington DC.
In Scott's back in her home here in new York and I'm Bill Hemmer welcome -- to.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- So -- burning battery is what forced that emergency evacuation in Japan and everybody on board and it led to the grounding of dreamliner jets all over the world.
Here's what the burned out battery looks like.
Can someone who's had a pretty dance partners live and -- outlets were Boeing.
The organization's headquarters now what more can you tell us about the investigations there there.
Well bill investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to be in Tucson Arizona today conducting tests on the battery charger.
That was on the 787 plane that had that fire at Boston's Logan Airport.
Over the -- -- the NTSB released a statement saying the battery had not been overcharged.
But when you look at the picture of it you can tell it clearly overheated so they're trying to pinpoint the problem secure plane is the company that made the charger.
Investigators will be there today examining that charger we're -- -- down mold and non volatile memory from the APU controller.
In Boston it was the auxiliary power unit -- the words the back up -- that overheated and it eventually caught fire.
That's -- in the back of the plane and provides power when the engines are off.
This incident triggered a comprehensive review of the 787 electrical system.
But then now when there was another batteries that overheated -- Japan airlines -- a few days later that hold dreamliner fleet was grounded bill.
Dan it seems the Japanese.
And the American authorities have different investigations what are you learning about that.
They are different they're going sort of different tracks but the -- -- loosely coordinated Japanese transportation officials seemed to be focusing their attention more on the battery manufacturer.
They're made in Japan by one of the country's oldest companies and by far its biggest battery manufacturer told GSA use a corporation.
A -- source tells me that the serial numbers of the two batteries that overheated are close together would flood some people to believe and -- hole.
That it was perhaps a bad batch of batteries.
But as the investigation moves along I'm told that appears less likely.
The source says investigators have not found any anomalies yet plus the two planes that had the problems were assembled a -- year apart.
The American investigation meantime is focusing more on the entire electrical system and how interacts with the batteries.
The FAA was concerned years we built a Bol the 787 sort of the -- use of lithium ion batteries they are prone to overheating and and having fires being caused so until it can figure out what went wrong on the -- -- will probably stay relevant even though Boeing has submitted.
Some suggestions -- be able to get back in the air like having further testing done on the ground and also was instructing pilots on what they can do before taking off.
-- but that seems unlikely the F failed probably not let that -- it back up in the until they can pinpoint the problem for those batteries don't do against -- on that story in Seattle Madrid.