Throughout its investigation into the Jan. 7 Japan Airlines Boeing 787 lithium ion battery fire, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has posed the same question in various forms: Do advances in aviation technology at times move so fast that they outpace regulators’ ability to develop standards for cutting-edge equipment or manufacturers’ ability to test that equipment to adequately predict the full range of potential in-service eventualities on a new ...

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