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France's Thales joins Dreamliner Japan-US battery probe

Published on Jan 23, 2013 4:18 PM
 
The burnt auxiliary power unit battery is seen in an All Nippon Airways' (ANA) Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane which made an emergency landing last week, in this Jan 7, 2013 handout photo provided by the Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) and obtained by Reuters on Jan 23, 2013. French electrical system giant Thales has joined a Japan-US probe into a battery fire which forced a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to make an emergency landing in Japan, officials said today. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - French electrical system giant Thales has joined a Japan-US probe into a battery fire which forced a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to make an emergency landing in Japan, officials said today.

Two Thales engineers have been taking part in a CT scan of the aircraft's lithium-ion battery at a Japan space agency facility in Tokyo since Tuesday, said a Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) spokeswoman.

"They are participating as advisers to the BEA (the French civil aviation authority)," she said.

Thales designed the Dreamliner's electrical system and commissioned Japanese firm GS Yuasa to produce the next-generation aircraft's batteries.

 
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