Thursday, February 21, 2013

Reports: Boeing close to battery fix for Dreamliner


Boeing may have found a solution to fix the battery problems that have grounded its Boeing 787 Dreamliners for more than a month, Reuters says in a report that cites an unnamed "source familiar with the U.S. company's plans."
"The gaps between cells will be bigger. I think that's why there was overheating," Reuters' unnamed source says.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board would not comment to Reuters on reports of a Boeing plan to return the 787s to the air.
"The decisions to return the airplane to flight will be made by the FAA and only after Boeing has demonstrated to them that the solution is adequate," Kelly Nantel tells Reuters. "We continue to investigate the cause of the short circuiting."
Meanwehile, Reuters report comes amid a near simultaneous report from Bloomberg News that says Boeing officials will meet with U.S. regulators on Friday (Feb. 22) to discuss proposed "fixes" to the grounded 787 Dreamliner.
20/02/13 Ben Mutzabaugh/USA TODAY