Old Jul 12, 13, 12:03 pm
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Breaking: Ethiopian 787 catches fire at Heathrow (7/12/13)

Few details on this item just picked up via the NY Times/Reuters.

Article quoted below in full due to its brevity:

"LONDON A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by Ethiopian Airlines caught fire at Britain's Heathrow airport on Friday, forcing the closure of both of its runways.

Shares in Boeing fell over 5 percent in New York. Television footage showed the Dreamliner surrounded by foam used by firefighters.

A Heathrow spokeswoman said fire services were attending the incident. There were no passengers aboard the plane.

The lightweight new plane suffered a series of battery fires earlier this year, causing it to be grounded until Boeing came up with a fix.

On April 27, Ethiopian Airlines was the first carrier to resume flights with Dreamliner passenger jets, three months after they were grounded over the battery meltdowns.

(Reporting by Rhys Jones; editing by Guy Faulconbridge Stephen Addison and Kate Holton)"


Obviously too early to comment on whether this was/is due to previous battery issues with the aircraft.
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