Burn­ing air­liner shuts Heathrow

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LON­DON: A Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner op­er­ated by Ethiopian Air­lines caught fire at Bri­tain's Heathrow Air­port, forc­ing the clo­sure of both run­ways yes­ter­day, in a blow for the US plane maker that sent its New York shares down more than 6 per­cent.

TV footage showed the Dream­liner sur­rounded by foam used by fire­fight­ers. Heathrow briefly closed both its run­ways to deal with the fire which broke out while the plane was parked at a re­mote stand.

There were no pas­sen­gers on board.

“A Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner suf­fered an on-board in­ter­nal fire,” a Heathrow spokes­woman said. “The plane is now parked at a re­mote park­ing stand sev­eral hun­dred me­tres away from any pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nals.”

It was not clear whether the fire was re­lated to the bat­tery, which was the cause of the pre­vi­ous fires on Dream­liner.

Boe­ing said it was aware of the fire and had peo­ple on the ground work­ing to un­der­stand the cause.

The plane, which was de­liv­ered to Ethiopian Air­lines in Novem­ber, ar­rived at Heathrow from Ad­dis Ababa in the early hours of yes­ter­day. – Reuters

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

ABLAZE: Emer­gency crew near the tail sec­tion of an empty Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner, op­er­ated by Ethiopian Air­lines, which caught fire at Bri­tain’s Heathrow Air­port yes­ter­day.

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