Friday, July 12, 2013

Fire reported aboard Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending an agency representative to London's Heathrow airport to assist in investigating a fire aboard an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The incident closed the airport for a period of time on Friday.

The runways are now fully re-opened, following an earlier internal fire on-board an aircraft,” airport officials reported on Heathrow's website. “All arrivals and departures were earlier temporarily suspended while airport fire crews attended to the incident. Flights are now operating, but will be subject to delay. The Metropolitan Police Service have advised that there were no passengers on board and no reported injuries.”

The worldwide fleet of 787s was grounded in January due to a series of issues with batteries used aboard the passenger jet. United Airlines put their 787s back into service on May 20 on routes from Houston to other domestic hubs. United then added international 787 flying on the Denver-Tokyo route June 10.

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