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NTSB ID: DCA13IA037
Event Type: Aviation Incident
Location: Boston, MA
Date: January 7, 2013
Boeing 787 Battery Fire
WASHINGTON - Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a battery fire aboard a Boeing 787 at Boston's Logan Airport. The Japan Airlines 787 was on the ground and empty of passengers at the time of the incident.
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NTSB photos of the burned auxiliary power unit battery from a JAL Boeing 787 that caught fire on Jan. 7 at Boston's Logan International Airport. The dimensions of the battery are 19x13.2x10.2 inches and it weighs approximately 63 pounds (new).
Photo of an undamaged battery used in the Boeing 787.
NTSB Investigator Mike Bauer inside the Boeing 787 under investigation at Boston's Logan Airport.
Examination of the Battery Charger Unit.
NTSB investigator Joseph Panagiotou documents internal components from the battery involved in the JAL Boeing 787 fire incident in Boston.
NTSB Materials Engineer Matt Fox examines the casing from the battery involved in the JAL Boeing 787 fire incident in Boston.
Director of the Office of Research and Engineering, Joseph Kolly, identifies components of the battery involved in the JAL B-787 incident during the media briefing held January 24, 2013.
NTSB investigator Joseph Panagiotou examines a battery cell from the JAL B-787 with a stereo microscope.
In Seattle, NTSB investigators and Boeing engineers examine the type of lithium ion battery used on the Boeing 787 to start the auxillary power unit and to provide backup power for flight critical systems.
NTSB identifies origin of JAL Boeing 787 battery fire; design, certification and manufacturing processes come under scrutiny
Investigative Report and Related Documents
Safety Recommendations A-14-032 through 036
Interim Factual Report
Presentation for Investigative Update - [PowerPoint | PDF] (February 7, 2013)
FAA Special Conditions for B-787 Lithium Ion Battery Installation - [PDF] (February 7, 2013)
Presentation for Investigative Update - [PowerPoint | PDF] (January 24, 2013)
Primer on Lithium Ion Battery Technology - [PowerPoint | PDF] (January 24, 2013)
Investigative Hearing: Boeing 787 Battery Fire (April 23-24)
Forum: Lithium Ion Batteries in Transportation (April 11 - 12, 2013)
Chairman Hersman provides second media briefing on the JAL Boeing 787 battery fire investigation. (February 7, 2013)
Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman briefs the media on the JAL Boeing 787 battery fire investigation. (January 24, 2013)
NTSB ISSUES RECOMMENDATIONS ON CERTIFICATION OF LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES (May 22, 2014)
NTSB Provides Update on Boeing 787 Battery Fire Investigation (January 8, 2014)
NTSB CHAIRMAN HERSMAN UPDATES SENATE PANEL ON BOEING 787 INVESTIGATION AND AIR SAFETY(April 16, 2013)
Final agenda announced for NTSB forum on lithium ion batteries in transportation (April 8, 2013)
NTSB announces dates for investigative hearing on Boeing 787 battery fire incident and battery design and certification (April 2, 2013)
NTSB announces dates and agenda for lithium ion battery forum (March 25, 2013)
NTSB releases interim factual report on JAL 787 battery fire investigation and announces forum and investigative hearing (March 7, 2013)
NTSB To release interim factual report and open public docket on JAL B-787 battery fire investigation (March 6, 2013)
NTSB identifies origin of JAL Boeing 787 battery fire; design, certification and manufacturing processes come under scrutiny (February 7, 2013)
NTSB issues seventh update on JAL Boeing 787 battery fire investigation (February 1, 2013)
NTSB issues sixth update on JAL Boeing 787 battery fire investigation. (January 29, 2013)
NTSB Update on JAL Boeing 787 Battery Fire Investigation (January 27, 2013)
NTSB Chairman says 'We have not ruled anything out' in investigation of Boeing 787 battery fire in Boston.(January 24, 2013)
NTSB to provide investigative update and photo opportunity of lab work related to Boeing 787 battery fire in Boston (January 23, 2013)
NTSB Provides Third Investigative Update on Boeing 787 Battery Fire in Boston (January 20, 2013)
NTSB Sending Investigator to Assist with Boeing 787 Battery Incident in Japan (January 16, 2013)
NTSB Provides Second Investigative Update on Boeing 787 Battery Fire in Boston (January 14, 2013)
NTSB provides investigative update on Boeing 787 fire incident in Boston (January 8, 2013)
NTSB investigators looking into Boeing 787 smoke event in Boston (January 7, 2013)