Perhaps more startling is how the NTSB heard of these scares.
The NTSB is not empowered to do more than post these “advisories.”
Boeing staff have been in Kuala Lumpur working alongside technicians from the NTSB.
Peter Knudson, an NTSB spokesman, told me: “The NTSB has not ruled out a fire in the battery box.”
At the same time, the NTSB promptly announced that the Boston incident arose from a “serious fire.”
The NTSB notice posted last night is simply an “advisory” and carries no mandatory authority.
It can take the NTSB years to produce a final report on an accident.
On the face of it, this was odd because such a body already exists, as the NTSB must have known.
The NTSB published a detailed account of the incident on February 12.