Jul 15, 2013

    Dreamliner fire not due to battery

    INVESTIGATORS classified a fire that broke out on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner parked at London's Heathrow Airport as a "serious incident", but found no evidence that it was caused by the plane's batteries, Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch said last Saturday.

    The question of whether the fire was connected to the batteries is crucial because the entire global fleet of Dreamliners, Boeing's ground-breaking new flagship jet, was grounded for three months this year due to battery-related problems.

    The designation fell just short of a full-blown "accident" on a scale the agency uses to describe investigations.

    Its preliminary probe is expected to take several days, opening up Boeing to more questions about its top-selling plane.

    Despite the uncertainty surrounding the blaze, airlines around the world continue to operate the Dreamliner.

    The fire broke out on the Ethiopian Airlines plane last Friday afternoon. No one was injured.