The NTSB says an urgent procurement request issued May 3 for computed tomography (CT) scans of lithium-ion battery cells used on Boeing 787s was not a signal that it was accelerating its efforts to find the root cause of battery fires. Rather, the agency says the document contained “contracting language” meant to quickly secure funding for the work. At issue were several sentences in the request specifying that the results of the CT scans—expected to last into next week—had to be ...


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