Dreamliner probe looks at Honeywell part

British investigators said on Tuesday a transmitter made by US firm Honeywell was one of several components

Written by Reuters | London | Published: July 17, 2013 12:40 am

British investigators said on Tuesday a transmitter made by US firm Honeywell was one of several components that may have caused a fire on a Boeing Dreamliner in London last week. “We can confirm that Honeywell have been invited to join the investigation,” a spokesman for Britain’s Air Accident Investigations Branch said on Tuesday.

“The emergency locator transmitter is one (of) several components being looked at in detail as part of the investigation and it would be premature to speculate on the causes of the incident at this stage.”

Britain’s AAIB is leading the probe into a blaze on an Ethiopian Airlines jet that broke out last Friday and has already allayed fears about a return of problems with overheating batteries that grounded the Dreamliner for months earlier this year.

A source told Reuters on Monday that investigators were now looking into whether the fire,which occurred at London’s Heathrow airport,was caused by the battery of an ELT built by Honeywell.

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