NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB To release interim factual report and open public docket on JAL B-787 battery fire investigation

March 6, 2013

WASHINGTON - Tomorrow morning at 11:00 am EST, the National Transportation Safety Board will open the public docket for the Japan Airlines Boeing 787 lithium-ion battery fire investigation.

On January 7, 2013, at about 10:21 am EST, smoke was discovered by cleaning personnel in the aft cabin of a Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8, which was parked at a gate at Boston Logan International Airport. Shortly afterward, a mechanic found smoke and flames coming from the airplane's lithium-ion auxiliary power unit battery located in the aft electronic equipment bay. Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting personnel responded to the fire, which resulted in one minor injury to a firefighter.

The information being released is factual in nature and does not provide any analysis. The docket contains the interim factual report and related documents. A link to the docket will be available on the JAL 787 Battery Fire Investigation web page at 11:00 am EST on Thursday, March 7: http://go.usa.gov/4K4J.

Additional material will be added to the docket as it becomes available.

NTSB Media Contact:
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Peter Knudson



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