Skip to comments.Heathrow fire: Ethiopia Dreamliner fleet to stay flying
Posted on 07/13/2013 8:58:17 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Smoke was detected from the aircraft after it had been parked at Heathrow for more than eight hours
Ethiopian Airlines says it is to continue operating its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners after one caught fire at London's Heathrow airport on Friday.
Investigators are trying to find the cause of the blaze, which took place months after the aircraft was grounded worldwide over a battery problem.
Heathrow's runways were closed for 90 minutes on Friday, and some evening flights delayed by more than six hours.
Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of four Dreamliners in 2012.
The company said its plane had been parked at Heathrow for eight hours before smoke was spotted.
"We have not grounded any of our aircraft," the carrier said in a statement.
"The incident at Heathrow happened while the plane was on the ground... and was not related to flight safety."
The Dreamliner has been moved to a special hangar away from the terminals to allow the investigation to take place.
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Airbus temp employee smoking in the lavatory?
Careful investigations take some time....and it is a very new aircraft.
When is Boeing going to get these aircraft sorted out?
I rarely fly but I would not book on a 787.
They probably quickly realized some ground crew employee was cooking goat in the back and the cooking fire got away from him, and it was likely that wasn’t Boeing’s fault.
Take away lesson? Issue instructions to the rest of their employees to be more careful with their cooking fires and the rest of the fleet should just be fine to continue flying.
More likely a International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers sapper...
Old airline commercial with first class and steerage:
Did’nt they proclaim the new batteries were more environmentally friendly? I get that better mileage is good for the customer and the environment, but I know there are many “green” things that are put into service before they are ready for prime time - hope this is not one of them!
Just my .02.
We own a small airplane as well and often ADs are almost completely nonsensical. The manufacturers used to fight the stupid ones, but not these days. We had one issued a year or so ago because they found that two planes in the 1970s had some lock washers or something installed “backwards” during manufacture. Forgive my ignorance on the details. There were no incidents resulting from the “problem”. The FAA ordered nearly every other airplane from that manufacturer over a 20 year period disassembled and inspected.
Never mind that pulling apart assemblies that have been working fine for over 40 years was difficult, expensive and resulted in the destruction of equipment that were presented only a theoretical safety problem... something akin to preventing global warming. The aviation community has gotten quite used to government over regulation mostly by bureaucrats that appear to be working mostly to preserve their own job security.
The effect has been to stimey true progress on general aviation airplanes for decades. The 40 year old engine in our airplane is almost identical to the engines put in airplanes today, and it was 30 year old technology when it was manufactured. The only bright spot is "experimental aircraft" where tinkerers are still allowed to fly their own creations, but even good ideas from that area are generally not allowed to make there way into general use.
Ah yes, I had the lasagna...
I'm well aware of that.
Someone got caught roasting a goat.
I once got onto a C-47 in Korea that was flying to one of the outer islands and there were goats and other critters on it, as well as kimchi.
If,by chance,you work for Airbus just let us know and we'll understand your concentration on Boeing.
Aren’t battery fires on parked 787s a known problem?
I have not read the article in its entirety but heard the problem was overheated wiring related to an air conditioning unit.
The top of the fuselage and front of the empennage are seriously burned. Is the entire airframe a loss? I wonder what might be salvageable.
Thanks m,,,that is more detail than I had heard.
Well airplanes used to be called airships.
I toured the Boeing factory a few weeks ago for the second time. Truly fascinating to me. I think I understood the tour guide to say that there is a 13-year waiting list for their jets.
Nice to see Boeing working with the airlines to reintroduce smoking flights.
Thank you for all of your informative posts. I look forward to learning from them whenever you take the time to share. I didn’t mean to imply that you thought the AD you mentioned applied to the 787.
If you're as smart as you think you are; the rest of us know better, you'd have no trouble finding the ADs for Airbus aircraft which are all in the public domain.
But given that you've essentially declared that you wouldn't let you pet ferret fly on *any* Boeing aircraft I figured that you'd display some "balance" by pointing out the imperfections of various Airbus products.
Hey,if you work for Airbus just tell us.It's not illegal to work for them.
Ultralife Corp (ULBI.O) makes the lithium-manganese battery that powers the emergency transmitter that is being investigated as a possible cause of last week's fire on a Boeing 787 in London, a source familiar with the investigation said on Monday.
As reported earlier, the emergency locator transmitter, or ELT, is made by Honeywell International Inc (HON.N). ...
Honeywell says it has produced over 3,000 of the emergency beacons, equipped with the lithium-manganese batteries, since 2005, and there have been no safety incidents.
A battery again....but looks like a problem would have shown up before this....must me some unique condition.