New Flash: Two 787 shut down in one day (nightmare scenario)
The National Transportation Safety Board posted on its Twitter account it is "sending accredited Representative to London-Heathrow to assist in investigation of fire aboard Ethiopian Airlines B-787." The U.K. Air Accident Investigation Branch "has sent a team to investigate an incident to a Boeing 787 at Heathrow," according to a message on its Twitter account. More woes for Boeing's Dreamliner, as an empty Ethiopian Airlines 787 catches fire. Train derails south of Paris. Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano resigns. WSJ's Jason Bellini reports. Photo: AP
In a separate incident, another 787 aircraft suffered problems Friday when a Thomson Airways flight was grounded because of "technical issues," a spokesman for the airline said. The flight, TOM126, had taken off from U.K.'s Manchester airport and was headed to Sanford, Fla., but had to return to Manchester "as a precautionary measure," the spokesman said.The aircraft, which can carry some 290 passengers, was at near capacity. There were no injuries and passengers disembarked. Engineers were inspecting the plane, the spokesman said. The 787 has suffered a spate of smaller technical glitches that have forced airline operators to delay and cancel numerous flights. Those types of issues aren't necessarily uncommon for a new jetliner like the Dreamliner, which first began carrying passengers in 2011. However, a fire aboard an aircraft is a considerably more serious event and is likely to be evaluated separately from the jet's teething issues.
Television footage of Heathrow showed damage to the top of the jet's body near the passenger doors at the rear of the 787. That area of the aircraft houses the crew rest compartment, which sits above the passenger cabin. The 787's twin lithium-ion batteries are installed below the floor in electrical bays near the nose and between the wings of the aircraft, far from the damaged area visible in the footage.
BA open $95 on Monday and keeps falling - 787 is flawed to the core.
The Dreamline is dead man walking. BA is now producing a plane that has a breakdown every other month. We're talking major overhaul now, major FAA investigation and major lawsuits coming BA way. No airline in going to want this plane if aviation attorneys have their way.