Boeing asks airlines to inspect Honeywell emergency beacons

Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:26pm EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - Boeing (BA.N: Quote) said it had asked airlines using Honeywell (HON.N: Quote) fixed emergency beacons to inspect the devices on most of its worldwide fleet to gather data for regulators following a recent fire on board a parked 787 Dreamliner.

Britain's accident investigation board has recommended worldwide inspections of lithium battery-powered emergency locator transmitters in the wake of the fire on an Ethiopian Airlines-owned Dreamliner in London earlier this month.

"Boeing is asking specific operators of 717, Next-Generation 737, 747-400, 767 and 777s to inspect aircraft with the Honeywell fixed emergency locator transmitters," a Boeing spokesman said in an emailed statement on Sunday.

"The purpose of these inspections is to gather data to support potential rulemaking by regulators," he added.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Paul Tait)

The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in Chicago, April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Young