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Hearing dates set for plane battery safety

March 15, 2013, 02:48 pm

Two hearings are planned for April to decide if lithium-ion batteries are safe to be installed on jetliners.

The hearings were planned by the National Transportation Safety Board, spurred by an accident that caused a battery fire to occur in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in January.

Deborah Hersman, chairman of the NTSB, told USA Today the meetings will be organized to help those in the transportation community understand the risks and benefits of utilizing the batteries.

Marc Birtel, a Boeing spokesman, told USA Today that the interim report was a step in the right direction toward completing the investigation and the Boeing team is working tirelessly to support the NTSB in developing a better understanding of the battery fire.

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