The Straits Times
Published on Feb 19, 2013

Boeing seeks temporary fix for suspect batteries: Report


NEW YORK (AFP) - United States (US) aerospace giant Boeing is considering an interim plan to protect its 787 Dreamliner if its batteries overheat or catch fire, according to a report on Monday in the Seattle Times.

Boeing's flagship new jet has been banned from flight worldwide since the middle of last month after battery smoke forced an emergency landing of one plane and a battery fire was reported on a parked jet.

The company has stood by the safety of the lithium-ion batteries used in the plane, pending the results of an official investigation, but Monday's report said that the company was looking for a temporary solution.

According to the daily, which covers a region including a major Boeing plant, Boeing may encase the battery cells in a titanium or steel box fitted with a high pressure vent to contain any fire that erupts in flight.