Boeing 787 probe shifts to monitoring system maker



The joint U.S. and Japanese investigation into the Boeing 787’s battery problems has shifted from the battery maker to the monitoring system manufacturer.

Japan transport ministry official Shigeru Takano said Monday the probe into battery maker GS Yuasa was over for now, as no evidence was found it was the source of the problems.

Ministry officials planned to inspect Kanto Aircraft Instrument Co. on Monday as part of the ongoing investigation. It makes a system that monitors voltage, charging and temperature of the lithium-ion batteries.

All 50 of the Boeing 787s in use around the world are grounded after one of the jets operated by All Nippon Airways made an emergency landing in Japan earlier this month when its main battery overheated. Earlier in January, a battery in a Japan Airlines 787 caught fire while parked at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

GS Yuasa shares jumped on the news it is no longer being investigated, gaining nearly 5 percent in Tokyo trading.