Heathrow Shuts Down After Boeing Dreamliner Fire
London’s Heathrow Airport announced the closure of its runways after a parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner caught fire at a remote parking stand. Emergency crews were summoned around 4:30 p.m. local time. The aircraft, the Queen of Sheba, belongs to Ethiopian Airlines, and was the first Dreamliner to resume flying after the grounding order was lifted in April.
Pictures on Twitter show the presence of London fire crews spraying flame-retardant foam on the aircraft. No passengers were reportedly on board the aircraft at the time of the fire.
“We’re aware of the 787 event @HeathrowAirport and have Boeing personnel there. We’re working to fully understand and address this,” Boeing said in a statement.
In the brief amount of time since news spread, Boeing’s stock has dropped more than 5%. Heathrow’s runways have since reopened to inbound and outbound traffic, according to a BBC report.
All Boeing Dreamliners were grounded on January 16, after two fires related to the plane’s lithium-ion batteries. Following a redesigned battery, the aircraft was cleared for flight in April. It’s unknown whether or not this new fire will affect other Dreamliners in service.
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