Boeing plane fire closes Heathrow runways

1:09 PM, Jul 12, 2013   |    comments
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LONDON - A fire on an empty Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane has caused London's Heathrow Airport to temporarily close both of its runways today.

Heathrow said there were no passengers aboard the Ethiopian Airlines plane, which was parked in a remote area of the airport. Runways reopened after about an hour.

British police say the fire is being treated as unexplained.

It comes as unwelcome news for Boeing, whose Dreamliners were cleared to fly again in April. They'd been grounded for four months amid concerns about overheating lithium-ion batteries.

A Boeing spokesman says the company has personnel on the ground at Heathrow and is working to "fully understand and address" the situation.

Ethiopian Airlines was the first to resume using the 787 after the grounding.
Also on Friday Thomson Airways says one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes travelling from England to the U.S. had to turn back after experiencing a technical issue.

Thomson said that flight 126 travelling from Manchester Airport to Sanford, Florida had returned to Manchester "as a precautionary measure."

It said all passengers had disembarked from the plane and engineers are inspecting the aircraft.

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