Boeing conducts test flight for battery

Boeing conducts test flight for battery

WASHINGTON - Agence France-Presse
Boeing conducts test flight for battery

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Boeing on Feb. 9 carried out an “uneventful” test flight of its 787 Dreamliner as part of investigations into recent battery fires that led international regulators to ground the aircraft.

The flight took off from Seattle, Washington with a crew of 13 pilots and testing personnel at 12:32 pm local time (20:32 GMT) and landed at 2:51 pm (22:51 GMT), Boeing said.

“During the flight, the crew monitored the performance of the main and APU batteries,” Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said in a statement. ”Special equipment allowed the crew to observe and record detailed battery performance in normal flight conditions. Data gathered during the flight is considered part of the investigations into the 787 battery events that occurred in January. For that reason, we cannot share any additional details,” he said. Birtel noted that more test flights were planned for next week.

Flight schedules not provided in advance

He stated that as a matter of long-standing practice, they did not provide flight schedules in advance of flight plans being filed.

The test flight had been approved earlier in the week by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Boeing said Feb. 8, it had informed buyers of its troubled 787 Dreamliner that deliveries would be delayed as US air safety experts investigate the two burned battery incidents on the aircraft.

On January 16, the 50 Dreamliners in service around the world were grounded after a battery fire on a parked Japan Airlines (JAL) plane and battery smoke on an All Nippon Airways flight forced an emergency landing.