Boeing expresses support for AAIB's lithium locator recommendations

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Boeing has issued a statement in support of UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) recommendations with regards to an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) on board the 787 aircraft.

Following a preliminary investigation into the fire that badly damaged an unoccupied Ethiopian Airlines 787-8 (ET-AOP) parked at remote stand at London Heathrow on 12 July, the agency issued two recommendations.

The first is that US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) move to render the Honeywell Rescu406AFN ELT inert across the 787 fleet. The second is that the FAA launch a safety review of all lithium-battery powered ELTs.

"As a party to the investigation, Boeing supports the two recommendations from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), which we think are reasonable precautionary measures to take as the investigation proceeds," says Boeing.

"We are working proactively to support the regulatory authorities in taking appropriate action in response to these recommendations, in coordination with our customers, suppliers, and other commercial airplane manufacturers."

"We are confident the 787 is safe and we stand behind its overall integrity," Boeing adds.

Honeywell has also issued a statement in support of the AAIB's recommendations. It cautioned, however, that it is premature to draw conclusions regarding the precise cause of last week's incident at this early stage, but feels rendering the ELT inert is "prudent."