Times: At least 100 batteries failed on 787 fleet

Times: At least 100 batteries failed on 787 fleet

Credit: Glenn Farley / KING 5 News

A pried open case from the Japan Airlines 787 lithium ion battery at the National Transportation Safety Board.

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by DOMINIC GATES / The Seattle Times

KING5.com

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Boeing had numerous reliability issues with the main batteries on its 787 Dreamliner long before the two battery incidents this month grounded the entire fleet.

More than 100 of the lithium-ion batteries have failed and had to be returned to the Japanese manufacturer, according to a person inside the 787 program with direct knowledge.

The frequency of battery failures reflects issues with the design of the electrical system around the battery, said the person on the 787 program.

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