Japan Airlines will now be serving dinner – burned lithium-ion battery.
The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a photograph of the lithium-ion battery that caught fire on a JAL (Japan Airlines) Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet at Boston’s Logan International Airport.
The 42.3 centimeter (19-inch)-long, 25.9 centimeter (10.2-inch) high lithium-ion battery feeds the jet’s auxiliary power unit. After smoking – and the passengers were told to depart – the battery exploded, igniting a small (20-centimeter) area that was described as being ‘intense’.
The fire caused severe damage to the aft electrical compartment where it was stored.
The battery is part of an investigation by the U.S. (Federal Aviation Administration), France and Japan.
The NTSB says the battery has been X-Rayed and compared to an undamaged battery for analysis. It is being sent to the NTSB Materials Laboratory in Washington, DC for further inspection.
Other components, like the battery’s charger and the burnt wire bundles, are also expected to be examined to determine how the battery malfunctioned.
As of January 16, 2013, after an incident with another 787 Dreamliner jet (see story HERE) Japan has grounded its entire fleet belonging to JAL and ANA (All Nippon Airways). Despite the battery incident last week, JAL continued to fly the Boeing jets shrugging it off as mere ‘growing pains’.
The battery fire on-board the plane was also interesting. While the fire was contained by spraying a non-reactive agent called Halotron, fire and rescue crew say it was difficult to put out the fire because it was difficult to get access to the area where the battery was situated.
“They reported experiencing difficulty accessing the battery for removal during extinguishing efforts,” the NTSB says.