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NTSB Chair is honest, calls 787 problems very serious

Unlike the more politicized FAA, and the various folks claiming the 787 battery fire issues are simply “teething problems”, the US National Transportation Safety Board chairperson, Deb Hersman, is a straight-talker. She did a press conference where she presented a load of detail about what they do and don’t know, about the battery system, and how it is nowhere near a solution – because nobody is anywhere near an understanding of what went wrong.

Respected airline commentator Christine Negroni, who writes and contributes for the New York Times, MSNBC, and has written a book about the TWA 800 crash, highlights how the NTSB chair cut through all the BS.

Burnt battery casing and circuit boards and battery pack

A burnt battery pack from the 787. Photo courtesy of the linked Reuters article, origin NTSB.

The NTSB is also revisiting the claims by a whistleblower from the company that makes the chargers for the 787 battery. A company which had a disastrous fire that burned down its HQ building from a battery overload. A company which then fired and discredited the whistleblower.

Securaplane Technologies “got some ‘splainin’ to do”. But as Negroni points out in an earlier column, so do the various airline execs who keep claiming they have “faith in the Dreamliner¨.

 

About Mark Mercer

Expat aging sometime-ski-bum former corporate tool. Currently living in the beachside aging resort town of Atlántida in Uruguay. Sometimes skiing and teaching in Breckenridge, Colorado, USA. Location and velocity cannot be simultaneously observed.

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