Cause of Boeing 787 Battery Fires Still a Mystery

As a follow up to our blog post in January, a Boeing engineer said Thursday that the cause of the battery problems that grounded the 787 Dreamliners may never be known because the evidence was destroyed by heat.

Fortunately, all the potential causes of the battery fire have been eliminated, thanks to the newly redesigned battery system, the AJC reports.

The Boeing 787s were grounded by air safety authorities after incidents with smoldering batteries occurred aboard two different planes. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the redesigned battery system, which sharply reduces the risk of fire.

As soon as the FAA approves the system on individual planes, the 787s can start flying again. United Airlines, the only U.S. airline with the planes, moved of one of its six planes to San Antonio, Texas for a battery repair. Neither of the January incidents involved a United Jet.

According to Boeing, deliveries of the 787 should resume in early May. Most of the 50 planes the airlines have received should be fixed by the middle of the month.

Aviation Accident Cases at Pope & Howard, P.C.

The attorneys at Pope & Howard have the legal expertise to handle even the most complex aviation cases. Before partnering with Geoff Pope, Marc Howard served as a defense lawyer representing airlines, pilots, manufacturers, and airports before changing his practice to help victims of aviation accidents.

We represent accident cases caused by faulty parts (like the defective battery in the Boeing 787) as well as other causes of aircraft crashes. If you or a loved one was severely injured in an airplane crash, contact Pope & Howard P.C. at (404) 994-4486 or via email to schedule your consultation.

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