FAA wants Dreamliner transmitters inspected

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. aviation officials say they want the emergency locator transmitters on all Boeing 787 "Dreamliners" inspected following a fire this week aboard one of the airliners parked at London

A 787 jet painted in a Delta livery is seen Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Federal officials say they are temporarily grounding Boeing's 787 Dreamliners until the risk of possible battery fires is addressed. The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it will issue an emergency safety order requiring U.S. airlines to temporarily cease operating the 787, Boeing's newest and most technologically advanced plane. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. aviation officials say they want the emergency locator transmitters on all Boeing 787 "Dreamliners" inspected following a fire this week aboard one of the airliners parked at London's Heathrow Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration said late Friday that after reviewing recommendations by British accident investigators, the agency is working with Boeing to develop instructions for airlines on how to conduct the inspections.

The FAA statement said the inspections would ask airlines to examine for proper wire routing, damage or pinching, and to inspect the transmitter's lithium battery compartment for heat or moisture.

An order making the inspections mandatory for U.S. operators is expected in the coming days. Aviation authorities in other countries are expected to follow suit. There are 68 of the planes in service worldwide.


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