Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner Catches Fire

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Ethiopian Airlines 787

London – Fire broke out on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, at London’s Heathrow Airport friday afternoon. Heathrow airport had to be closed after the plane caught fire with no passengers on board parking on the aircraft apron.

Boeing reacted immediately on Twitter, saying that they’re “aware of the 787 event…and have Boeing personnel there.” The company is currently “working to fully understand and address this.” The cause of the fire is currently unknown at this point, but it’s said that the situation is similar to that of what happened at Boston’s Logan airport when the planes first started catching on fire.

The  incident wasn’t so good for Boeing’s  share price, which tumbled as much as 6%, a move that weighed on an already weakened stock market.

This comes after Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told Air Transport World in June that his company is considering an order for additional Boeing 787s for delivery after 2017. The airline just had received its  fifth 787 this month with another four aircrafts expected to arrive in 2014.

Ethiopian Airlines had grounded its 787 fleet after the first fire outbreak of a 787 back in January following directives from the U.S. aviation authority FAA. The FAA required all airlines to temporarily suspend their 787 fleet until Boeing fixed a problem with the aircraft batteries to prove the new aircraft type is safe for flight. Ethiopian Airlines was one of the first airlines to clear the 787 for take off after the ban.

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