Boeing Knew of Dreamliner Battery Woes Before Fire
ANA, JAL had to replace them multiple times
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2013 4:51 AM CST
An All Nippon Airways' Boeing 787 parks on the tarmac off at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.    (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

(Newser) – Boeing knew it had a big problem with the lithium-ion batteries in its 787 Dreamliners well before a fire prompted safety inquiries and the worldwide grounding of its prize aircraft, the New York Times reports. Officials at All Nippon Airways, which has the world's largest fleet of 787s, say they had to replace 10 of the batteries in the months before the fire after they failed to charge properly or failed to connect with the electrical system.

The airline told Boeing about the problem but was not required to inform regulators because the battery trouble did not affect flights or present a safety problem. Japan Airlines says it had similar problems and National Transportation Safety Board investigators have now asked Boeing to provide a full operating history of the batteries, the AP reports. The Dreamliner remains grounded while regulators around the world investigate the problem.

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reallybig
Jan 30, 2013 6:46 PM CST
WHAT? ..... LOOK for the made in America Union label...... The Unions got that giant pay raise and company concessions, and they end up making a plane worse than North Korea? --------- REALLY?
Ultraworld
Jan 30, 2013 4:03 PM CST
Seems like they were going to fix this problem after the planes were in the customers possession If this is the case, Boeing is in deep crap.
Imhotep
Jan 30, 2013 9:07 AM CST
Bad decision to use the batteries. The whole design is based on a system that is not sound. Batteries have never worked right from the get go. Over heat , catch fire. The whole plane will have to be redesigned if they scrape the batteries. Which is unlikely. Best thing is to make sure you don't fly in one. Who wants to fly in a plane anyway in which every odor is being scrutinized for burning batteries. Cripes a mighty, all the air controls run off those batteries.