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Mar 7, 2013

Dreamliner ZA005 reported ready to fly with fire box

There have been social media claims that test Dreamliner ZA005 has emerged from a hangar in Seattle where it has undergone the installation of a special fire box for the jet's lithi

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ZA005 cruises past Mt Rainier during earlier testing: Boeing photo

There have been social media claims that test Dreamliner ZA005 has emerged from a hangar in Seattle where it has undergone the installation of a special fire box for the jet’s lithium-ion batteries. A tweet to this effect also vanished soon after it appeared earlier today.

These signs of action coincide with stories saying that the FAA is about to authorise flights by the fifth 787 in the original Dreamliner test and certification fleet in order to determine whether it should then approve Boeing’s proposed permanent fix for whatever it was that caused two battery failures in January that led to a world wide grounding of the type.

The NTSB has already tweeted that it will release a further interim report tomorrow (Thursday US time)  on the battery fire in a Japan Airlines 787 in January at Boston Airport and US media says that the safety investigator has not yet reached any conclusion as to the exact cause of the fire nor formulated any recommendations to the FAA, which is the US safety regulator with responsibility for the certification of the 787.

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