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Japan ministry OKs flights without emergency beacons.

TOKYO, July 20 Kyodo

The transport ministry has decided to allow Japan's two major airlines to fly Boeing 787s without the Honeywell emergency locator transmitters linked to a blaze on the aircraft in London last week, ministry officials said Saturday.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism relayed the decision to All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Co., saying flights can be conducted with portable emergency transmitters alone, according to the officials.

The move came after British investigators probing the incident at London Heathrow Airport urged earlier this week that the built-in emergency locator transmitter be disabled on all the Dreamliner aircraft in service until a permanent fix is instituted.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the Department for Transport said the most damaged external areas coincide with the location of the aircraft's Emergency Locator Transmitter in the back of the aircraft. The transmitter issues emergency signal in case of an accident.

The Boeing 787 jets operated by ANA and JAL are also equipped with the Honeywell-made transmitters, according to the Japanese ministry.
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Date:Jul 22, 2013
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