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Boeing 787 Catches Fire at Heathrow

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posted on Jul, 12 2013 @ 01:50 PM

An internal fire broke out on Friday on a Boeing 787 that Ethiopian Airlines had parked between flights at London’s Heathrow Airport, the airport said.

The plane was in a remote area, and no passengers were on board. But a Heathrow spokesman said the airport temporarily suspended arrivals and departures for all other flights while fire crews responded to the incident.

Boeing said it was aware of the problem, but neither the airport nor Boeing provided any information about the cause of the fire.

This cannot be good. With the previous problems with the 787, his might be another set back.

Guess we will need to wait for an investigation to see if it is due to the plane design or equipment.

posted on Jul, 12 2013 @ 02:39 PM

Fire-retardant foam appeared to have been sprayed.

News photos appeared to show damage on the outside top of the upper fuselage, just in front of the tail.

Based on that location, aviation analyst Scott Hamilton said the fire doesn’t appear to be related to battery malfunction.

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,” said Hamilton, an aviation analyst at Leeham News in Issaquah. 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.”

Maybe not related to the previous battery incidents...

posted on Jul, 12 2013 @ 02:56 PM
Adding to the 787 woes today.

Reported earlier on BBC and Pprune (a flight crew reporting site) a Thomson 787 en route to Florida has returned to Manchester with a "technical issue".

posted on Jul, 18 2013 @ 10:49 AM
See this thread for updates

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