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Thousands affected by pole fires

Updated February 23, 2013 14:38:22

Firefighters across Perth were kept busy on Friday night with dozens of pole top fires caused by light rain.

Authorities say water combining with dust on the top of the poles sparked the fires.

Western Power says more than 20,000 properties lost power across the city.

The worst affected areas were Hamilton Hill, Balcatta, Bassendean, Atwell, Coolbellup and Eden Hill.

Topics: electricity-energy-and-utilities, industry, fires, perth-6000

First posted February 23, 2013 13:31:44

Boeing conducts test flight to probe battery fires

boeingWASHINGTON: Boeing on Saturday carried out an “uneventful” test flight of its 787 Dreamliner as part of investigations into recent battery fires that led international regulators to ground the aircraft.

The flight took off from Seattle, Washington with a crew of 13 pilots and testing personnel at 12:32 pm local time (2032 GMT) and landed at 2:51 pm (2251 GMT), Boeing said.

“During the flight, the crew monitored the performance of the main and APU batteries,” Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said in a statement.

He added that special equipment “allowed the crew to observe and record detailed battery performance in normal flight conditions.”

He added: “Data gathered during the flight is considered part of the investigations into the 787 battery events that occurred in January. For that reason, we cannot share any additional details.”

Birtel said more test flights were planned for next week.

“As a matter of long-standing practice, we do not provide flight schedules in advance of flight plans being filed,” he added.

The test flight had been approved earlier in the week by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

On Friday, Boeing said it had informed buyers of its troubled 787 Dreamliner that deliveries would be delayed as US air safety experts investigate the two burned battery incidents on the aircraft.

On January 16, the 50 Dreamliners in service around the world were grounded after a battery fire on a parked Japan Airlines (JAL) plane and battery smoke on an All Nippon Airways flight forced an emergency landing.

Two days later, Boeing suspended deliveries of the aircraft until further notice, but continued production.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the FAA, and Japanese and French authorities are investigating the cause of the battery incidents.

The NTSB on Thursday suggested it could be weeks before it reaches a conclusion on what caused the battery fire aboard the JAL 787 at Boston’s Logan International Airport on January 7.

Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013

Insurance companies count rising cost of fires

Updated January 08, 2013 13:48:15

Insurance companies are already starting to count the financial cost of the Tasmanian bushfires, with fires in New South Wales and Victoria expected to greatly add to the tally of property damage.

The estimated cost of property losses from the Tasmanian bushfires has already passed $42 million, with further damage possible as fires flare up again and threaten more homes.

By 9:00am (AEDT) this morning, more than 410 claims had been submitted to insurance companies from policy holders in the state’s south.

Assessors are expected to reach the fire affected townships of Dunalley and Sorrell tomorrow, and the Insurance Council of Australia has extended its catastrophe declaration to other areas in the region including Bicheno and Lake Repulse.

However, it says assessors will only be able to enter areas once they have been declared safe.

Campbell Fuller from the Insurance Council says as the fires burn, more claims will come through.

“We do stress thought this is early days – we would expect many more claims to be lodged in the coming week as property owners return to their communities and get better ideas of the damage,” he said.

“We would stress though that people who are affected by the bushfires should contact their insurer as soon as they can and get that claims process rolling.”

The council’s chief executive Rob Whelan says rapidly moving fires in New South Wales and Victoria are likely to cause more property damage.

“We hope that the actions of firefighters will help protect lives and properties, but experience shows us that bushfires and grass fires are unpredictable and cause widespread damage,” he noted in a statement.

The council is urging people to heed the advice of emergency services until the fire danger has passed.

Topics: business-economics-and-finance, insurance, bushfire, tas, nsw, vic

First posted January 08, 2013 13:46:24