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Heathrow fire: Ethiopia Dreamliner fleet to stay flying
BBC ^ | 13 July 2013 Last updated at 08:53 ET

Posted on 07/13/2013 8:58:17 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Heathrow airport

Smoke was detected from the aircraft after it had been parked at Heathrow for more than eight hours

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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 787; aerospace; aviation; boeing; dreamliner
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I have not read the article in its entirety but heard the problem was overheated wiring related to an air conditioning unit.


21 posted on 07/13/2013 2:49:38 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


22 posted on 07/13/2013 3:31:13 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: steve86

Thanks m,,,that is more detail than I had heard.


23 posted on 07/13/2013 5:49:31 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: fireman15
FAA is full of Barnacles....

Well airplanes used to be called airships.

24 posted on 07/13/2013 5:57:31 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


25 posted on 07/13/2013 6:12:25 PM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Nice to see Boeing working with the airlines to reintroduce smoking flights.


26 posted on 07/13/2013 7:34:24 PM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: A.A. Cunningham

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.


27 posted on 07/13/2013 10:50:39 PM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Try and sit up higher in your chair so the point doesn't sail so far over your grape.

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.

28 posted on 07/14/2013 9:30:17 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Electorate data confirms Resolute Conservative voted for Soetoro)
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Britain's AAIB said on Saturday there was extensive heat damage in the upper portion of the rear fuselage. The damage was far from the batteries and "there is no direct evidence of a direct causal relationship", it said.
29 posted on 07/14/2013 9:32:14 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Electorate data confirms Resolute Conservative voted for Soetoro)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
..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.

30 posted on 07/14/2013 10:06:19 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Different explanation now.

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.


31 posted on 07/15/2013 8:20:16 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: steve86

A battery again....but looks like a problem would have shown up before this....must me some unique condition.


32 posted on 07/15/2013 9:32:06 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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