Thu April 25, 2013

NTSB Wraps Up Hearings On Boeing's 787 Battery Issues

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 12:46 am



Investigators still do not know exactly why there was a battery fire on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 jet back in January. On the concluding day of a National Transportation Safety Board hearing, officials did conclude that the original tests of the battery were in adequate.

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

WENDY KAUFMAN, BYLINE: The worldwide fleet of Boeing 787s - that has been grounded for three months - will soon be returning to passenger service.

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Wed April 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Boeing To Resume 787 Deliveries; NTSB Probes Certification

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 9:11 am

NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman during Tuesday's hearing.
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Update at 10:50 a.m. ET: Boeing to resume deliveries of 787s

Boeing, which had delivered about 50 of its new passenger aircraft before battery failures in January grounded the plane, says it will resume deliveries to airline customers in early May, The Associated Press reports.

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Fri April 19, 2013
The Two-Way

FAA OKs Boeing's 787 Battery Fix

A part of a charred battery from a Japan Airlines 787 on display at the NTSB headquarters in January.
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The Federal Aviation Administration has approved changes to the design of the Boeing 787's battery system — the first step toward returning the grounded aircraft to service.

The approximately 50 787 "Dreamliners" delivered to airlines worldwide were grounded in January after incidents involving overheating problems in lithium-ion batteries.

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Tue April 16, 2013
The Two-Way

American Airlines Grounds All Flights Due To Computer Glitch

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 2:54 pm

American Airlines flights were grounded for two hours on Tuesday due to a glitch in the reservation system, the airline says.
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A computer glitch in the reservations system at American Airlines caused all of the carrier's flights to be grounded for at least two hours on Tuesday.

"American's reservation and booking tool, Sabre is offline," American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan told Reuters in an email. "We're working to resolve the issue as quickly as we can. We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience."

NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports that the outage was announced about 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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Mon April 15, 2013
Law Enforcement

Highway Death Toll Rises As Colorado State Patrol Enforcement Drops

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