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Safety Recommendation A-14-120
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Synopsis: On January 7, 2013, about 1021 eastern standard time, smoke was discovered by cleaning personnel in the aft cabin of a Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 787-8, JA829J, which was parked at a gate at General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport (BOS), Boston, Massachusetts. About the same time, a maintenance manager in the cockpit observed that the auxiliary power unit (APU) had automatically shut down. Shortly afterward, a mechanic opened the aft electronic equipment bay and found heavy smoke coming from the lid of the APU battery case and a fire with two distinct flames at the electrical connector on the front of the case. None of the 183 passengers and 11 crewmembers were aboard the airplane at the time, and none of the maintenance or cleaning personnel aboard the airplane was injured. Aircraft rescue and firefighting personnel responded, and one firefighter received minor injuries. The airplane had arrived from Narita International Airport, Narita, Japan, as a regularly scheduled passenger flight operated as JAL flight 008 and conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 129.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: During annual recurrent training for engineering designees, discuss the need for applicants to identify, validate, and justify key assumptions and supporting engineering rationale used in safety assessments addressing new technology.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Boston, MA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA13IA037
Accident Reports: ​Auxiliary Power Unit Battery Fire Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8, JA829J
Report #: AIR-14-01
Accident Date: 1/7/2013
Issue Date: 12/1/2014
Date Closed: 8/7/2018
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/7/2018
Response: We note that, on August 10, 2017, you released your new training program, which includes an updated training course on systems aspects of certification. This update contains guidance regarding the use of the Society of Automotive Engineers International Aerospace Recommended Practice ARP4754A, “Guidelines for Development of Civil Aircraft and Systems,” and provides instructions on how to validate and verify systems requirements, with special emphasis on the safety assessment of those requirements. This training update satisfies Safety Recommendation A 14 120, which is classified CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/8/2018
Response: -From Daniel K. Elwell, Acting Administrator: On August 10, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its new training program, which includes an updated training course on Systems Aspects of Certification. This update includes the latest guidance and instruction regarding the use of the Society of Automotive Engineers International Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) ARP4754A, Guidelines for Development of Civil Aircraft and Systems. ARP4754A describes the development assurance process for the validation and verification of systems requirements with special emphasis on the safety assessment of those requirements. Designees may take the Systems Aspects of Certification course as part of their recurrent training. Additionally, once the designee has completed any of the recurrent training sessions, the Systems Aspects of Certification course will be available for them to complete without paying any additional fees. This will open the course up to all designees, regardless of their specific discipline. I believe the FAA has effectively addressed this safety recommendation and consider our actions complete.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 4/16/2015
Response: We note that you are currently identifying the appropriate training module, plan to revise the course material as recommended, and plan to include the updated course into the next full cycle of designee training updates. Pending completion of these actions, Safety Recommendation A-14-120 is classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/24/2015
Response: -From Michael P. Huerta, Administrator: The FAA is identifying the appropriate designee systems engineering training module, updating the course material to reflect this recommendation, and will include the updated course into the next full cycle of designee training updates. These updates are scheduled for completion in Fiscal Year 2016.