Dreamliner blackened battery pic released

2013-01-18 13:32

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Tokyo - A picture released on Friday by Japanese investigators probing the emergency landing of a Dreamliner that grounded the Boeing 787 worldwide showed the battery was apparently charred and blackened.

The US FAA issued a directive that mandates operators to perform special inspection requirements on the Dreamliner airplane battery system, following safety inspections that confirmed the main battery beneath the cockpit of the Boeing 787 forced to make an emergency landing in Japan was swollen from overheating.

The picture shows scorch marks were evident on the blue casing of the aircraft's main battery which also showed evidence of some kind of a seemingly tar-like liquid that appeared to have boiled over and leaked down the side.

Released to the media by the Japan Transport Safety Board, it showed the lid of the battery casing had bulged out of shape and become badly discoloured.

The battery, which was removed from the plane's main power unit at the front of the plane, sits on a wooden pallet next to the fully intact battery from the rear.

That battery has a white casing over the top of what media said was eight cells, connected with a series of pathways.

Much of what looks like wiring around the cells on the plane's main battery is badly disfigured.

Below is a handout photograph showing the battery of the Boeing 787 aircraft operated by All Nippon Airwasy Co, which made an emergency landing at Takamatsu airport on Wednesday.

US officials grounded Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner because the aircraft's advanced batteries appear to be malfunctioning.(AP)

This is an undated handout photo provided by the NTSB showing an undamaged lithium-ion battery used in Boeing's 787 Dreamliner plane.

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