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Sad day for Boeing possibly another major setback -- 787 dreamliner one caught fire earlier at Heathrow airport.
As of now it's unclear how or why fortunately the plane was and do you say no one was hurt in the blaze what did take a hit -- Boeing's stock in a big way.
-- as much as 7% at one point remember the dreamliner has only been back in the air for about seven weeks after dealing with battery fire problems all at all.
Not good here to tell us that this could be the final.
-- soft and very -- a former inspector general of the US department of trans.
Vacation this is the nightmare that won't and isn't it Mary.
-- -- -- isn't so much is depending -- hanging on whether this is another battery your fire or not because it is the battery fire -- the Federal Aviation Administration will undoubtedly reevaluate its decision to allow the plane back in the air.
Before the cause was now.
However it does the burn marks on the plane on the top of the plane and not where the batteries are batteries are on the bottom so it's still possible and something else and that's -- the -- that Boeing must be hanging on to tonight it was near the Galley by the way.
He's really I hope bill I mean couldn't it mean that there's a whole other problem here other than the battery problem.
Well I think what the NTSB now remember this is a British Italy and then London so the British AA investigation authorities will have -- primary control of the investigation but the thing they're trying to focus on if it's not a battery.
Yes is the burn marks on the composite fuselage and -- will need to know if the temperatures that this fire generated were hot enough that it would have -- metal similarly.
Or did the composites burned prematurely or did they burn at a lower temperature and -- looking at those composites -- there's not a lot of data on composite accident what it what does that mean in English why would it matter what where the -- to the average person but what are we talking about.
Well what you're I don't want and now if you're just the average person is this a fire that they can find the cause of -- -- they found the cause of the fire is this the plane that can withstand fire like any other plane like a plane and made out of metal like the triple seven -- the 747.
Or is or something unique in that composite and they did burn faster.
Now at the same time and it's.
It had to turn back because it is experiencing a technical issue.
-- Homes are really starting to mount up for this plant would you feel safe getting on one of these.
Well no I wouldn't comment 787 today or tomorrow but now the second incident is kind of typical of the triple seven when it first came out in the mid nineties had a lot of glitches it took about a year I have to work them out and then I was tasked by congress a look at their certification -- on the triple seven.
Eventually they were all worked out that's kind of typical we have these little glitches little -- bothering your play but fires are not typical and whenever you have a fire that's a big meal to the FAA and NTSB.
This is really mounting and I don't want to forget that we did actually solve the original problem that that took these planes out of the air in the first place mean we didn't solve the problem of the batteries.
Catching on fire we just insulated seven a way that would contain the battery which frankly doesn't make me feel a lot better as a passenger.
Knowing what their outlook for first is it did this plane -- ground power who was hooked up to an auxiliary power unit was -- you literally -- -- man.
Was plugged in on the ground and it that was powered.
Then they will have then every quarter will be able to two record what actually went wrong to -- -- how was powered made -- possibility of the battery was powered and overcharging.
-- have the answer pretty quickly especially since the NTSB sent some folks already helped the -- British authorities.
You know a total of 49 dreamliner have been delivered so far.
At -- are you worry about these planes going forward in terms of their viability of you know my point is -- tipping point -- you start to say.
Made some real problem with this -- Well that's a problem with the battery the problem for Boeing is going to be so much of this playing depends on these batteries old fashioned batteries Nike ad you know nickel drive but you know all wet cell batteries.
They can't produce the panic power what was so wonderful but displaying it produced.
I just like 50% more power than airplane could power anything an old fashioned battery won't do it so it really be problematic.
For not just the dreamliner but the -- but that also uses this kind of battery the new model Airbus.
It's things so the drive this particular plane is really predicated on those battery they swapped out they put something else and they didn't use the lithium -- it just wouldn't it wouldn't work it would be the same plane having how critical is it.
It wouldn't have all the creature comforts for the passengers.
And and they would have a lot more weight -- act put on more batteries -- it would be different.
It but it was still have a fuel efficiency it would still have the huge capacity is just that it would not have so many.
Creature comforts and the power that it can generate they would have to use to re engineering it would be grounded for awhile Mary thank you so much for coming on.
Thank you Nextel.
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