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NTSB seeking 'knowledge that can be applied to emerging technologies going forward'

24-Apr-2013 11:48 AM

US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), at an investigative hearing into the Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8 battery fire incident in Boston on 07-Jan-2013, stated (23-Apr-2013) the NTSB is "looking for lessons learned not just for the design and certification of the failed battery, but also for knowledge that can be applied to emerging technologies going forward." On the purpose of the hearing, she explained: "The NTSB is holding this hearing to explore the battery's original design and certification. We are here to understand why the 787 experienced unexpected battery failures following a design programme led by one of the world's leading manufacturers and a certification process that is well-respected throughout the international aviation community." She noted: "Today, more than ever before, with the rapid evolution of new technologies and the growing complexity of components and systems, it's imperative to understand how best to oversee their development and certification. Over the next two days we will be asking: How do you certificate emerging technology to ensure safety? How do you know what you need to know? And is the certification process flexible enough to incorporate new knowledge?". [more - original PR]