Feds to hold investigative hearing on January Dreamliner fire at Logan International Airport

Federal transportation safety officials plan to hold a two-day investigative hearing on the fire in a battery of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Logan International Airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced today that the hearing will be held on April 23 and April 24 in Washington.


The Jan. 7 battery fire broke out in a Japan Airlines plane that ran the Boston-Tokyo route after the passengers had disembarked at the gate. It seemed like a minor incident at the time. But after other worrying incidents, all Dreamliners around the world were grounded.

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said Thursday that his company was “very close” to getting its jet back in the air with a redesigned battery system, the AP reported.

The safety board said today that the hearing will focuse on “issues relating to the design, testing and certification of the battery system.”

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