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Runways at London's Heathrow airport have closed after an incident involving an Ethiopian Airlines jet. Arrivals and departures have been suspended, a spokesman for the airport said. Pictures on Twitter show an aircraft close to a terminal building surrounded by fire vehicles.
@BBCBreaking Plane on fire at Heathrow airport was first 787Dreamliner to resume flights after grounding due to battery fires
2nd Boeing 787 operated by Thomson bound for USA has returned to Manchester Airport after takeoff reason unknown
Based on news photos from the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport, the fire aboard an Ethiopian Airlines 787 Friday doesn’t appear to be related to battery malfunction, said Scott Hamilton, an aviation analyst at Leeham News in Issaquah.
Because the images show fire damage in the upper fuselage, in front of the tail, Hamilton said he suspects the fire wasn’t caused by a faulty battery, which is down in the cargo bay area of the plane.
“What it doesn’t look like is that it’s a battery, and that’s the important part,” he said. With all the issues that have plagued the 787 Dreamliner recently, if it were battery-related, “that would almost certainly put the plane back on the ground again.”