Fire aboard a Boeing 787 Ethiopian Airlines parked on Heathrow (video)
Around 16: 30, local time in London, was reported a fire on board a Boeing 787 (ET-AOP) Ethiopian Airlines. The aircraft was parked on the Heathrow airport platform. Several intervention crews acted to extinguish the fire. Police reported that there were no passengers on board. This incident led to the airport being blocked for about 90 minutes.
A Heathrow airport official said: "Closing the airport is part of a standard procedure if fire crews are involved in an incident."
Ethiopian Airlines officials said the aircraft was parked for more than 8 hours before smoke was detected. The images on Heathrow show us an 787 Ethiopian Airlines surrounded by flame retardant foam, but also with damage to the top of the fuselage. The causes underlying this internal fire are still unknown. Boeing representatives with airport authorities and Ethiopian Airlines officials are investigating the issue.
Shares of Boeing fell sharply on the New York Stock Exchange after news of the London incident. Maybe because Dreamliner was involved in several incidents this year. For about 5 months, all Dreamliner aircraft were detained on the ground for battery investigations. They seem to have fixed some problems, but others have begun to appear.
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