TOKYO Aug 5 Cold winter temperatures were a
factor in the meltdown of a lithium ion battery that caused a
Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner to make an emergency landing in
Japan last year, the Asahi newspaper said, citing the
conclusions of local investigators.
The battery meltdown on the ANA Holdings Inc -owned
plane prompted authorities to ground the global fleet of
Dreamliners for more than three months.
It followed an incident less than two weeks earlier at
Boston Airport when a battery on a parked Japan Airlines
787 overheated and emitted white gases.
Low temperatures can cause a lithium ion battery to
deteriorate, resulting in the risk of a short circuit, Kyodo
News reported separately. The battery is located in an
unpressurized, unheated part of the plane.
The Japan Transport Safety Board plans to release a final
report on its findings as early as September, the Asahi said,
without citing sources.
A spokeswoman for accident investigator declined to comment
on the report.
Boeing won approval for Dreamliner flights to resume after
it redesigned the battery compartment to isolate thermal events
and vent hot gases outside the aircraft.
The Dreamliner is Boeing's state-of-the-art plane, built
with carbon-fiber composite materials and a powerful electrical
system to reduce weight and improve the jet's fuel efficiency.
(Reporting by Tim Kelly and Chris Gallagher; Editing by Edwina