The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a two-day investigative hearing into the Jan. 7 Boeing 787 battery fire on April 23-24 in the NTSB’s Board Room and Conference Center at 429 L’Enfant Plaza SW in Washington. The hearing will start at 9 a.m. on both days.
Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration, The Boeing Company, GS-Yuasa and Thales will testify and answer questions from NTSB Board members and technical staff about the design, testing, certification and operation of the lithium-ion battery on the Boeing 787 and the battery fire incident.
The full agenda, including a list of witnesses is available here.
Investigative exhibits for the hearing will be placed in the electronic docket at the opening of the hearing and will be available here after the hearing begins. Witness presentations will be uploaded at lunch and at the conclusion of each day and will be available here.
NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman will be available to answer questions from the media at the conclusion of each day. Additional details about the availabilities will be announced next week.
Television coverage of the proceedings will be by network pool. Escorted cutaway shooting will be permitted for brief periods. Still photographers will be permitted in the seating area of the Board Room and by escort to areas in front of the witness panels.
Because of construction at and around L’Enfant Plaza, satellite and other media trucks will have to obtain credentials for parking and running cable through the construction zone. To expedite this process, media should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org .
A media room is also available with tables, chairs and an audio mult box with translations of the proceedings into English, French and Japanese. Audio headsets with translation service will be provided. Generally-accepted media credentials will be required for access to the media room. In addition, a fully equipped overflow room has been established and will serve as a storage area for video equipment during the hearing.
Seating for the general public in the Board Room is on a first-come, first-served basis. The hearing will also be webcast live on the Board's web page, www.ntsb.gov, without translation service.
Standard federal security procedures for the Board Room and Conference Center will be utilized. All persons entering the facility and their possessions will be subject to inspection and will need to show photo ID. Persons leaving the facility will have to pass through screening again to gain re-entry.