The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been grounded for almost two weeks while investigators are focusing on the lithium ion batteries that caught fire on a JAL flight from Boston. Not only are they deconstructing the battery from that incident, but they are also trying to recreate the issues with the exact same models of the lithium ion battery. Investigators are even going beyond the batteries and the wiring to more thoroughly review the production lines of many of the electrical subcontractors for the 787 — to see if there is also a problem with quality control of either the assembly line of the equipment and/or the installation work of the wiring.
With the Dreamliner grounded, Boeing faces financial losses. The good news is that there are only 36 planes in operation so there is time to fix the issue in the 800 planes on order.
Peter joined to team at CBS This Morning to look at the current investigations and the steps to come before the 787 returns to commercial service.
For more reports on the Dreamliner, check out:
- Peter’s CBS This Morning report on the grounded plane, The 787 Grounded
- Peter’s January CBS This Morning report, How Severe Are the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Problems
- Peter’s video report The Travel Detective Reviews The 787 Dreamliner
- our travel tip on Where to Fly the Dreamliner
By Peter Greenberg for PeterGreenberg.com