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-   -   ET / Ethiopian 787 "Dreamliner" catches fire at LHR [12 Jul 2013] (https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/other-middle-eastern-african-airlines/1484336-et-ethiopian-787-dreamliner-catches-fire-lhr-12-jul-2013-a.html)

SeriouslyLost Jul 12, 13 11:23 am

Time to short Boeing. :D

For more on it (which doesn't really add anyting new)

itsmeitisss Jul 12, 13 12:12 pm

Breaking: Ethiopian 787 catches fire at Heathrow (7/12/13)
 
In addition, a Dreamliner operated by UK tour operator from Manchester UK to Sanford Florida has turned back due to technical problems. Dreamliner could be said to be nightmareliner

SAWorldVoyager Jul 12, 13 12:12 pm

The batteries have all been switched, so that is not the case this time. In any case the batteries for the APU are stored just behind the wings in the belly, nowhere near the burn marks.

tlott Jul 12, 13 12:20 pm

The fire damage looks to be pretty far away from the batteries. The main battery is near the nose, and the APU battery is near the rear of the wing. Galley or some other electrical problem?? Rear crew rest is up there too.

Regardless of the cause, very fortunate this happened on the ground.

USA_flyer Jul 12, 13 12:20 pm

More bad news for Boeing.

tyberius Jul 12, 13 12:23 pm

"But the computer said it can't happen."

This is the generation that is growing up with computers.

I was just cringing waiting for this to happen when they couldn't figure out the cause of the first fires.

I know the problem from trying to fix what we call heisenbugs in software. Some of the stuff is a real pain to trace so you start kind of working with what you can reasonably work with and you hope it just goes away. Of course it never goes away until you really, truly, find out what's going on.

I hope this was just something stupid on this airplane and not the same problem again. If it's a repeat, these will not fly again until the cause is found and that could be a year.

obscure2k Jul 12, 13 12:30 pm

Moving this to Travel News forum where it will likely be merged with existing thread
Obscure2k
Travelbuzz Moderator

jsmeeker Jul 12, 13 12:35 pm

There were no passengers on the plane. Did it catch fire as the plane was undergoing maintenance? Being readied for it's next flight?

cblaisd Jul 12, 13 12:54 pm

Per http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trave...elsewhere.html will move to the appropriate airline forum and leave a 30day redirect in Travel News

Cblaisd
Moderator, Travel News

pinniped Jul 12, 13 12:54 pm


Originally Posted by jsmeeker (Post 21086144)
Being readied for it's next flight?

Likely just being readied for its next flight. It was scheduled to return to Ethiopia today.

JDiver Jul 12, 13 1:10 pm

The 787 was parked in the remote area near two QF A380s, and had been there over 12 hours. The fuselage crown immediately forward of the empennage / tail section shows perhaps a meter or more of damage along the top centerline (the BBC article here has video).

A Thompson 787 just aborted a transatlanic flight and has returned to MAN - no connection we know of (Thompson announced the return was precautionary), but things are not looking up for Boeing today.

N830MH Jul 12, 13 5:32 pm

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/a...psa31f233e.jpg

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BPAOqdCCEAAf2Yy.jpg:large

DaviddesJ Jul 12, 13 6:02 pm


Originally Posted by kkjay77 (Post 21085518)
Because emergency response crew is attending the 787.
What would happen if, god forbid, another aircraft crash?

In that case, the crews, being already assembled and in their vehicles, could probably respond to the crash faster than they otherwise could, leaving this situation which is not life-threatening to anyone.

kkjay77 Jul 12, 13 8:56 pm


Originally Posted by DaviddesJ (Post 21087557)
In that case, the crews, being already assembled and in their vehicles, could probably respond to the crash faster than they otherwise could, leaving this situation which is not life-threatening to anyone.

Don't know how much form they've used, but I believe they must refill the tank before responding to another incident?

stablemate77 Jul 12, 13 9:29 pm

sounds like a lemon here
 
unfortunate of this as sounds like vary good plane....just need to work out a few problems....try to find out out why starts fires....glad usa cleared it to fly again.....at moment not really my goal to get on one of these....sorry:(


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