The fire aboard a parked Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 787-8 in January 2013 occurred because of “shortcomings” in designing and certifying the lithium ion batteries installed on the aircraft, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined. Though NTSB has not been able to establish a root cause for the Jan. 7, 2013 JAL 787 fire at Boston Logan International Airport, it concluded that short circuiting in a cell of the lithium ion battery that starts the ...

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