Honeywell says would remove 787 beacons if asked as fire probed

July 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) – Honeywell International Inc on Wednesday said it would temporarily remove its emergency locator beacons from Boeing 787s if asked to do so under recommendations that sources said British authorities could release within days as part of an initial report on a fire on a Dreamliner jet in London last week.

Investigators have been looking at several components, including a lithium manganese battery in the Honeywell emergency locator transmitter (ELT), as possible causes for the fire that caused extensive damage to a parked Ethiopian Airlines 787 in London last Friday. The battery is made by New York-based Ultralife Corp, a source told Reuters on Monday.

Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), which is leading the investigation, may suggest temporarily removing the devices from the new Boeing Dreamliners while the probe continues, according to one source familiar with the probe who was not authorized to speak publicly.

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