The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the
U.S. has issued an emergency airworthiness
directive (AD) to address a potential battery fire risk in the
Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and requires operators to temporarily cease
Before further flights are permitted by the FAA,
operators of U.S.-registered, Boeing 787 aircraft must demonstrate
to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that the batteries
The inflight Japanese battery incident on
Wednesday, followed an earlier
787 battery incident that occurred on the ground in Boston on
7 January 2013.
The battery failures resulted in
release of flammable electrolytes, heat damage, and smoke on two
787 airplanes. The root cause of these failures is currently under
Both JAL, which has 7 Boeing 787-8s, and ANA,
which has 17, grounded their Boeing
787-8s on Wednesday.
Friday, the FAA announced a comprehensive review of the 787ís
critical systems with the possibility of further action pending
new data and information. In addition to the continuing review of
the aircraftís design, manufacture and assembly, the agency
will also validate that 787 batteries and the battery system on the
aircraft are in compliance with the special condition the agency
issued as part of the aircraftís certification.
Airlines is currently the only U.S. airline operating the 787,
with six airplanes in service.
When the FAA issues an airworthiness directive, it also alerts the international aviation
community to the action so other civil aviation authorities can
take parallel action to cover the fleets operating in their own
Other airlines that operate the Boeing 787-8
Dreamliner include: Air India (6), Ethiopian Airlines (4), LAN
Airlines Chile (3), Lot Polish Airlines (2) and
Qatar Airways (5).
Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner Flight Display and
Inside the Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner
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