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NTSB ID: DCA13IA037

Event Type: Aviation Incident

Location: Boston, MA

Date: January 7, 2013


Boeing 787 Battery Fire

WASHINGTON - Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a battery fire aboard a Boeing 787 at Boston's Logan Airport. The Japan Airlines 787 was on the ground and empty of passengers at the time of the incident.

Comments or offers of assistance related to this investigation may be submitted by email: B787investigation@ntsb.gov

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NTSB photos of the burned auxiliary power unit battery from a JAL Boeing 787 that caught fire on Jan. 7 at Boston's Logan International Airport. The dimensions of the battery are 19x13.2x10.2 inches and it weighs approximately 63 pounds (new).

Photo of an undamaged battery used in the Boeing 787.

NTSB Investigator Mike Bauer inside the Boeing 787 under investigation at Boston's Logan Airport.

Examination of the Battery Charger Unit.
NTSB Materials Engineer Matt Fox examines the casing from the battery involved in the JAL Boeing 787 fire incident in Boston.
NTSB investigator Joseph Panagiotou documents internal components from the battery involved in the JAL Boeing 787 fire incident in Boston.

NTSB Materials Engineer Matt Fox examines the casing from the battery involved in the JAL Boeing 787 fire incident in Boston.

Director of the Office of Research and Engineering, Joseph Kolly, identifies components of the battery involved in the JAL B-787 incident during the media briefing held January 24, 2013.

NTSB investigator Joseph Panagiotou examines a battery cell from the JAL B-787 with a stereo microscope.

In Seattle, NTSB investigators and Boeing engineers examine the type of lithium ion battery used on the Boeing 787 to start the auxillary power unit and to provide backup power for flight critical systems.

NTSB identifies origin of JAL Boeing 787 battery fire; design, certification and manufacturing processes come under scrutiny

 

Investigative Report and Related Documents

Presentations

  • Presentation for Investigative Update - [PowerPoint | PDF] (February 7, 2013)
  • FAA Special Conditions for B-787 Lithium Ion Battery Installation - [PDF] (February 7, 2013)
  • Presentation for Investigative Update - [PowerPoint | PDF] (January 24, 2013)
  • Primer on Lithium Ion Battery Technology - [PowerPoint | PDF] (January 24, 2013)

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Media Contact: Peter Knudson,202-314-6100 (NTSB HQ)