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Investigative hearing begins for Boeing battery

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By Stefanie Bainum

WASHINGTON, D.C.(WCIV) – The National Transportation Safety Board is holding a two-day investigative hearing into the Boeing 787 battery fire that took place on January 7 at Boston's Logan Airport.

The incident started a ripple effect of challenges for the aerospace giant with the eventual grounding of all 787's after more reported battery problems on the Boeing Dreamliners.

The probe into the lithium-ion batteries started at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Washington D.C. where the Federal Aviation Authority and Boeing will have to testify and answer questions from the NTSB.

Boeing and the FAA will also have to answer to a technical staff about the design, testing, certification, and operation of the lithium-ion battery on the planes. Reports say that Boeing has already started making repairs to their battery system.

The 787 jets in question are assembled in Washington State and in North Charleston.

On Tuesday night at a special finance committee meeting, Charleston County Council will discuss the topic of local financial incentives extended to Boeing. Earlier this month, Boeing announced plans to pour another one billion dollars into the North Charleston facility. The investment is set to create 2,000 new jobs over eight years.

The incentives issue is up for a first reading at the Charleston County Council meeting starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

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